High Rise Hair Raiser is the first episode of the The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, later repackaged as the first episode of the first season of The Scooby-Doo Show.


Low on money, Fred, Shaggy, and Scooby start work at a construction site and stumble upon a mystery involving the Specter of Ebenezer Crabbe, who is 180 years old, and Netty Crabbe, his great-great-great granddaughter, who is also a ghost.


Shaggy at his new job

Men are working late at a half built high rise, when the Specter of Ebenezer Crabbe appears, scaring everyone off.

At a nearby pizza parlor, the gang find that they are low on cash so Shaggy, Scooby, and Fred decide to work at a construction site after finding a help wanted ad in the newspaper. They also read about some safe robberies in the area. In need of money, the gang goes to the site and talk with the owner, Mr. Doherty. Mr. Doherty explains a lot of men have quit because of a specter that's been haunting the building and there used to be a house that was rumored to be haunted on the site but they moved it. Velma and Daphne go to the newspaper library to search the haunted house. Reluctantly, Shaggy and Scooby head up with Fred to the top floors of the building and start working. Two construction workers, Jim Rivets and Red Sparks show them around. The Specter shows up and chases Scooby and Shaggy across the narrow beams. They run into Fred and tell their tale.

Talking inside with Netty Crabbe

Meanwhile, Velma and Daphne find an article that says a man named Ebenezer Crabbe lived in a house on the site--he was accused of practicing witchcraft because he never seemed to get any older as the years passed. He eventually disappeared, but is supposedly still alive--legend has it that he comes back every twenty years to get younger and stay alive. After learning all of this, Daphne deduces that Ebenezer Crabbe must be at least 180-years-old (assuming that he's still alive, of course).

Velma and Daphne go back to the site and explain what they've found. Velma, Scooby, and Shaggy decide to go off to Ebenezer Crabbe's old house, much to Scooby and Shaggy's chagrin. Fred and Daphne choose to stay at the site and search for clues.

Specter of Ebenezer Crabbe spies on gang at Mr. Specs's

Velma, Scooby and Shaggy arrive and are greeted by Netty Crabbe, Ebenezer Crabbe's great-great-great granddaughter. She lets them look around upstairs where they find a book of spells, some bats, and a paper slip in a old trunk. Before Velma can look at it, Netty walks in and states that Ebenezer will be here soon and invites them for tea. But with the clue, the threesome leaves.

Back at the site, the gang tells Mr. Doherty about what happened and what they were able to find--Mr. Doherty's very confused by the story, claiming that Netty Crabbe's been dead for at least fifty years. Velma then shows the gang the slip of paper, which is a receipt for an expensive telescopic lens. They head to the optical lens company and talk with the store owner, asking him what this particular lens is for. The lens is used to see in the dark as it gathers light. The gang leaves and drives back in the Mystery Machine, unaware the Specter is on the roof of the van. They realize this, pile out of the van, and flee. A short chase ensues and Scooby and Shaggy hide in a bakery and in the dark, the Specter steals the telescopic lens.

Gang and Ebenezer Crabbe crash into penthouse

At the pizza parlor, the gang discovers that there has been another safe robbery. They discover that the construction site is directly in the middle of all the robberies. The mystery is starting to piece together. Heading back to the construction site, the gang sets up an organized trap. The Specter is lured, trips over a wire, causing cement to fall on the ghost. But the Specter appears too early, on the wrong beam, and chases the gang. Shaggy and Scooby try to lure the Specter towards the cement. Fred and the girls get trapped and Shaggy and Scooby decide to just whack him in the head with the cement, but it backfires, when they crash in a wheelbarrow and go rolling across the narrow beams. They hit a board and go flying onto the hanging beam that the Specter, Fred and the girls are on and the beam goes soaring into a penthouse and crash into the building where Netty stands!

Jim Rivets and Red Sparks in police hands

The cement falls down, spreading across the floor and firmly sticking Netty and Ebenezer in their tracks. They unmask the duo and it turns out to be Jim Rivets as Netty and Red Sparks as the Specter. The gang deduces that Jim and Red robbed safes all over town and at the penthouse, one could see all the places where the robberies took place. Using the lens, they looked into all the buildings and watched the safe owners open the safe and they figured out the combination. They made up the Specter to slow business down because the construction site was blocking their view. Scooby finds the money hidden in a plant.

Scooby's special reward

Scooby is rewarded a special pizza shaped in a police badge. He eats almost all of it, with Shaggy asking for the final piece, but Scooby only flicks him the olive.


Main characters:

Supporting characters:


Other characters:

  • Construction worker 1 (only appearance)
  • Construction worker 2 (only appearance)
  • Sam's Pizza cook (only appearance)(no lines)
  • Police officers (only appearance)





Suspect Motive/reason
Mr. Spec A receipt showed he sold a lens to "Ebenezer Crabbe" recently.


Culprit Motive/reason
Red Sparks as the Specter of Ebenezer Crabbe
Jim Rivets as the Ghost of Netty Crabbe
To slow down business because the construction was blocking their view. They would look through a special lens and see all the surrounding safes that they robbed, helping them deduce the combination.


Don Messick Scooby-Doo
Construction worker 2
Casey Kasem Shaggy Rogers
Construction worker 1
Frank Welker Fred Jones
Red Sparks
Heather North Daphne Blake
Pat Stevens Velma Dinkley
John Stephenson Mr. Doherty
Specter of Ebenezer Crabbe
Mr. Spec
Police officer
Alan Oppenheimer Jim Rivets
Virginia Gregg Ghost of Netty Crabbe

Full credits

The following credits reflect closely as possible to how they are seen onscreen.


  • This is the series premiere of The Scooby-Doo Show.
  • The second half of The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, the Dynomutt portion, which was later repackaged as Dynomutt, Wonder Dog, was the episode, Everyone Hyde!, involving a crossover with Mystery Inc., giving a full hour of Scooby and the gang.
  • This marks the first episode of a Scooby-Doo show to appear on the ABC network, lasting up until A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. It's also the first new Scooby-Doo episode to air in three years (the last was the The New Scooby-Doo Movies episode, The Haunted Carnival [aka Scooby Doo Meets Dick van Dyke], on CBS).
  • This is the first episode to feature Pat Stevens as Velma.
  • Although Hoyt Curtin had resumed his role as musical director at Hanna-Barbera during the production of the previous show, this is the first episode of the franchise not to use any pieces from the original 1969 score for Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! composed by Ted Nichols, the background music consisting entirely of newer cues composed by Curtin.
  • If one were to use 1976 (the year this episode aired) as a reference point then the "real" 180-year old Ebenezer Crabbe was born in 1796, built his house in 1820 at age 24, and disappeared in 1916 (60 years before the events in the episode). The "real" Nettie Crabbe died in 1926 (50 years before the events in the episode).
  • When shown on the UK children's channel CBBC when Fred says, "Relax, Shag", the side-on shot of the Mystery Machine is zoomed in so the Specter is out of shot.

Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches

  • None known.

Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities

  • Did Red Sparks and Jim Rivets own the old Crabbe house or was it a fake? They certainly went through a lot of trouble to set it up when Velma, Shaggy and Scooby were sent to investigate.
  • When the Specter dropped down a wipe for Shaggy, he was two stories higher than him and Scooby, but they were assigned on the nineteenth and twentieth floors and they were the highest floors.
  • When Shaggy turned himself and Scooby into monsters, it is surprising that they didn't scare each other by accident.
  • When the Spectre runs out of the bakery with the telescopic lens, he is shown to have both his hands out as he runs, neither of which are holding the lens. So how did he escape with it?

Home media


Shaggy: It's Red Sparks! Hi, boss!

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