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Under the Counter Spy (1954)

This cartoon is a parody of the then current TV show, "Dragnet". Police are warned of an escaped criminal, "The Bat", who possesses a super strength tonic. He hides the tonic in Woody's ... See full summary »


Don Patterson


Homer Brightman (story)


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Uncredited cast:
Daws Butler ... Hammerer (voice) (uncredited)
Dal McKennon Dal McKennon ... Thursday / Al / TV Announcer / Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Grace Stafford ... Woody Woodpecker (voice) (uncredited)


This cartoon is a parody of the then current TV show, "Dragnet". Police are warned of an escaped criminal, "The Bat", who possesses a super strength tonic. He hides the tonic in Woody's house hoping to retreive it the next day. When the listless Woody awakes, he imbibes the tonic, giving him the strength of twenty men which he immediately tests. Eventually, "The Bat" lures Woody to his hideout in hopes of retrieving his bottle, resulting in a man-to-man (bat?) showdown between Woody and "The Bat". Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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Release Date:

10 May 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Espião Espiado See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Released to the home movie market by Castle Films as "Secret Agent F.O.B." See more »


[first title card]
Narrator: [reading the card] The story you are about to see is a big fat lie! No names have been changed to protect anybody!
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Spoofs Dragnet (1951) See more »


Lohengrin - Overture to the 3rd Act
Music by Richard Wagner
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Woody Woodpecker and "The Bat"
4 August 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Was very fond of Woody Woodpecker and his cartoons as a child. Still get much enjoyment out of them now as a young adult, even if there are more interesting in personality cartoon characters and better overall cartoons.

That is in no way knocking Woody, because many of his cartoons are a lot of fun to watch and more and also still like him a lot as a character. He is a lot of fun in 'Under the Counter Spy' and never comes over too much of a jerk. "The Bat" is a suitably sinister but entertaining and well-matched opponent and the parody of 'Dragnet' is inspired, with the right amount of wild comedy and criminal suspense.

'Under the Counter Spy's' showdown is a terrific set-piece, suspenseful and lots of fun as one would hope.

As ever, the animation is great. The characters are well drawn, but even better are the rich colours, meticulously detailed backgrounds and smooth backgrounds.

Music is another strength here. It's characterful, lushly orchestrated and is not only dynamic with the action it even enhances it. The whole cartoon goes at a snappy pace, especially in the second half, and there are some very well-timed and extremely funny gags and a great atmosphere.

Overall, wonderful and a huge improvement over the disappointing previous cartoon 'Alley to Bali'. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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