The Chiller Diller Movie Thriller is the first of four segments of Scooby's All Star Laff-a-Lympics. It was later repackaged as the fourth episode of the second season of The Scooby-Doo Show, and the twentieth episode overall of the series.
Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Dum, and the gang set out to protect Doo and Dum's cousin, Scooby-Dee, from the phantom of Milo Booth, a long dead silent film actor, determined to keep Dee from remaking one of his greatest films.
Scooby and the gang, along with Scooby Dum, are on the set of his actress cousin Scooby Dee's new movie. It is a remake of the film, Phantom of Dixie, which originally starred long deceased film star Milo Booth in the role of the Phantom.
After filming a scene, Scooby Dee returns to her dressing room where she discovers a threatening note from, apparently, the ghost of Milo Booth, who warns Scooby Dee to quit the film or it will be her last one, and that he will not have his finest film remade.
That night, as Scooby Dee is scheduled to take a train back to the West Coast, she is put on 24 hour surveillance by orders from Mr. Mogul, the producer of the film. Rod Kennedy, Scooby Dee's acting coach, and Jim Moss, the studio chief of security, are placed under watch of Scooby Dee and the gang agrees to come aboard the train and to help solve the mystery of the phantom.
On the train, Scooby Dee is given her own private car, and the gang witnesses two men loading a coffin onto the train. Later than night, the Phantom, who has been in the coffin, arises and begins to roam around the train. Scooby, Shaggy, and Scooby Dum go into the kitchen to get some food, and encounter the Phantom of Milo Booth. They run back to tell the gang. To keep her safe, the gang sends Scooby Dee to her private car, and decide to search the train for the Phantom.
Velma, Scooby, and Shaggy go to check the baggage car and discover the conductor, who was attacked by the Phantom and thrown into the coffin. They search for clues and Velma finds mud on the floor and inside the coffin, and they go back to tell the others. Back in Scooby Dee's private car, as Daphne and Fred console Scooby Dee, the Phantom bursts in and goes after Scooby Dee. Just as Scooby, Shaggy, and Velma arrive, the lights were switched off. After a moment of chaos, the lights come back on but the Phantom is gone.
The gang set up a plan and disguise Scooby Doo as Scooby Dee and use him as a decoy. But the plan backfires and Scooby Dee ends up missing. As everyone searches for Scooby Dee, the Phantom, meanwhile, has gotten a dog that looks exactly like Scooby Dee, and switched the two, kidnapping the real Scooby Dee.
The fake Scooby Dee goes along with the plan, and fools the entire gang. They begin passing through a town named after Milo Booth, Boothville, and the train begins slowing down all of a sudden. The gang discovers that the car they are in has been uncoupled from the rest of the train, and they are headed towards Boothville. They discover the Phantom heading towards the cemetery back to his grave, and follow him to the cemetery. They split up and Shaggy, Scooby Doo and Scooby Dum discover that the fake Scooby Dee is indeed not Scooby Dee, and they go to tell the others.
The gang reunite and Shaggy explains, and the Phantom along with fake Scooby Dee, locks the gang inside a mausoleum, the same one Milo Booth is buried in, where they find the coffin empty. They manage to escape, and head to town. They head for the carnival, to the Milo Booth Film Museum and discover an old film reel, that shows Milo Booth, but Velma notices something and she solves the mystery. She notices that the real Milo Booth wore glasses, while the Phantom of Milo Booth never wore any glasses. They find the Phantom, fake Scooby Dee, and real Scooby Dee who is being held hostage. They chase the Phantom, rescue Scooby Dee and eventually capture him.
The Phantom of Milo Booth is unmasked as Jim Moss and the fake Scooby Dee was his dog in a costume.
Jim's plan was to make money off of his own Scooby Dee films by disgusing his dog as Scooby Dee who would only listen to him. His plan was always to switch the Scooby Dee's and the fake Scooby Dee would pose as real Scooby Dee and the supposedly frightened Scooby Dee would stop obeying everyone but Jim Moss. He used the legend of the Phantom so no one would get suspicious when this happened. The train sidetrack to Boothville was to make the gang think that Milo Booth had actually risen from the grave. But the mud from the train that Velma found did not match the graveyard mud, informing the gang that he had not come from the grave. And another mistake was the key they used to get into the mausoleum; it was brand new, someone planted it to make sure they could get in and see the empty coffin. He switched the nameplate to an empty coffin, making it seem like Milo Booth had risen from the dead.
They take Scooby Dee back to Hollywood where they attend an awards show. Scooby Dee wins the Golden Rover for best acting in a canine role and she kisses Scooby Dum and Scooby Doo.
- Scooby-Dum (final appearance)
- Scooby-Dee (single appearance)
- Mr. Mogul (single appearance)
- Rod Kennedy (single appearance)
- Phantom of Milo Booth (single appearance)(Jim Moss's disguise)
- Jim Moss (single appearance)
- Scooby-Dee (impostor) (single appearance)(Jim Moss's dog's disguise)
- Jim Moss's dog (single appearance)(no lines)
- Mary Jane (single appearance)
- Phantom of Dixie (single appearance)
- Actor playing Phantom of Dixie (single appearance)(no lines)
- Phantom of Dixie director (single appearance)
- Train conductor (single appearance)
- Cat (single appearance)(no lines)
- Train passengers (single appearance)(miscellaneous speaking)
- Bug (single appearance)(no lines)
- Milo Booth (single appearance)(no lines)(newsreel)(deceased)
- Police captain (single appearance)(no lines)
- Movie awards audience (single appearance)(no lines)
- Movie awards presenter (single appearance)
- Phantom of Dixie set
|Jim Moss||He was one of the two people who was placed under watch of Scooby-Dee on her trip back to the West Coast.|
|Rod Kennedy||He was the second of the two people who was placed under watch of Scooby-Dee on her trip back to the West Coast. As a dog trainer, he could have trained the Scooby-Dee imposter.|
|Jim Moss as the Phantom of Milo Booth
His dog as the Scooby-Dee (impostor)
|Moss planned to get rich making Scooby-Dee movies using the impostor, who would obey only him.|
- Only the televised version has the title card, on online streaming sites, such as iTunes, it is excluded.
- Although this is the last appearance of Scooby-Dum in The Scooby-Doo Show, he would continue to be featured in Laff-a-Lympics.
- This is the first and last appearance of Scooby-Dee. Although she has a possible cameo in the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode, Homeward Hound.
- If Milo Booth died twenty years before this episode was filmed, then his death concured in 1957.
- The awards show at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood seems to be a parody of the Academy Awards.
Animation mistakes and/or technical glitches
- Mr. Mogul's hair is brown when Velma talks to him at the beginning.
- When Shaggy yanked Scooby-Dum out of the kitchen when the phantom appeared, Dum's collar was yellow instead of red.
Inconsistencies/continuity errors and/or goofs/oddities
- Although there might appear to be immoral implications with the Scoobys being attracted to and wanting a kiss on the cheek from their cousin Dee, it's only supposed to be taken innocently and they're presumably more smitten (albeit strongly) by her beauty more than anything else.
- Scooby was supposed to simply disguise himself as Scooby-Dee, but Velma makes him look like Mary Jane, the character Scooby-Dee played at the beginning of the episode.
- Jim Moss is called both a studio chief and a detective. The former job title is given by his boss, the latter by Shaggy, so the former is most likely correct.
- The first major tip off that the Phantom of Milo Booth isn't real is that he wasn't wearing glasses and the real Milo Booth did; logically a ghost wouldn't need to wear glasses because they wouldn't have any physical limitations, presumably the gang would expect him to be identical in appearance.
- Beyond that, though, the Phantom of Milo Booth was in the clothes of the Phantom of Dixie character, meaning he wouldn't have needed the glasses either way, because he clearly wore red contact lenses when playing the Phantom of Dixie.
- There is, however, one notable difference between the Phantom and the real Milo Booth: the real Milo Booth is slightly overweight while the Phantom is slender (though this is never commented upon).
- How was the fake Scooby-Dee able to speak or act like a human (the way Scooby-Doo acts) if she was really another dog (that was not a Scooby)?
- Given that Mumsy-Doo (who married into the Doo family) could also talk, it's possible that talking dogs are simply a normal, if slightly uncommon, phenomenon in the Scooby-Doo universe.
- At the police station, the gang are talking directly to the captain, but all of the questions are being asked by Rod Kennedy.
- Best of Warner Bros. 50 Cartoon Collection: Scooby-Doo! DVD set released by Warner Home Video on August 13, 2019.
- Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog (DVD) DVD released by Warner Home Video on September 14, 2021.
- Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog (DVD) DVD released by Warner Home Video on September 15, 2021.
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