The Backstage Rage

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The Backstage Rage
Network CBS
Premiere date November 8, 1969
Music composed by Ted Nichols
Director(s) William Hanna
Voice director(s) Joseph Barbera
Animation director(s) Charles A. Nichols
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"The Backstage Rage" is the ninth episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! season one. It aired on November 8, 1969 on ABC. It was produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the founders of Hanna-Barbera Productions.

A violin case filled with cash leads Mystery Inc. to a theatre with spooky puppets jumping out everywhere.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Velma: He's gone!
Daphne: It must've been our imagination.
Shaggy: Well, that was the first time I ever heard mine.


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Shaggy Rogers Casey Kasem
Scooby-Doo Don Messick
Puppet master/Pietro Vic Perrin
Daphne Blake Stefanianna Christopherson
Fred Jones Frank Welker
Velma Dinkley Nicole Jaffe







Joe Ruby and Ken Spears either wrote or story edited, as they were unable to remember what they specifically did past the fifth episode.[1]



The theme song, "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" was performed by Larry Marks, with lyrics and music written by David Mook, while Ben Raleigh wrote the music, respectively. The rest of the music was composed by Ted Nichols, who was credited as the musical director.


Dates are in order of release:

Behind the scenes


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  • The pepperoni is more decorative when the pizza is first taken out of the box and then looks regularly placed when Shaggy has it balanced on his finger.
  • At one point, the mysterious sedan looks as if it is driving on the sidewalk.
  • When Scooby mimes playing the violin, his sclerae are missing.
  • There are several mistakes with the violin case:
    • Shaggy's arms while holding it are reversed in different shots.
    • Although Scooby doesn't put it anywhere near a storm drain, it's next to one when the puppeteer picks it up, at which time it's also facing the opposite direction.
  • Nobody is driving the mysterious sedan when the puppeteer pulls up the girl dog puppet.
  • When Shaggy says that a star is about to be born, Daphne's dress turns into a lighter purple.
  • When the gang first split up, the scenery wall the phantom pushes onto Shaggy, and blames Scooby, who is gone a few moments later.
  • When Velma removes the engraving plate from the dog puppet it is still there.
  • When they go to wake up the doorman (and before they discover he is a puppet) his eyes are wide open.
  • When the gang catches the puppeteer, he falls into a bass drum that looks like it was already broken.
  • It is unexplained how Pietro could continue to manipulate the girl dog puppet and also go over to get the counterfeit money. Perhaps he had a remote control.
  • A puppet dog, a violin case, packs of brand new bills equals counterfeiters? That literally makes no sense.
  • Shaggy and Scooby are noticeably less cowardly than usual in this episode - they don't protest about returning to the theatre, splitting up and looking for clues or express a desire to leave, and Scooby even chases after the villain at the end without incentive, much like he does the Ape Man in "Never Ape an Ape Man."
  • Why would Pietro keep the lock to his door open? Unless he actually wants intruders to come and expose his wrongdoings he should have kept the door locked at all times.
  • There was no way that Pietro was able to get back on the stage during the tunnel chase scene because the door they went through became bolted locked and there was no other way out. Perhaps there was another door and the gang didn't notice it because they were chased by the puppet master.
  • Why did Pietro let go of his foot of the trapdoor that the gang was trying to get out of? Surely if the gang had just uncovered his wrongdoing, he would make at least some effort to try to trap the gang.
  • It is unknown if Scooby ate the Scooby Snack that Daphne offered him by throwing it in the prompter's box. If he had eaten it, he would have been really fast in finding it and eating it because he was never shown to eat it on screen.

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  1. ^ Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. Scooby Addicts. Retrieved April 15, 2020.