Clutch Cargo

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Clutch Cargo
Premiere March 1959
Finale September 1959
Creator Clark Haas
Network/Provider Syndicated
Style 30-minute animated adventure
Company Cambria Studios
Seasons 1
Episodes 26
Origin USA

Clutch Cargo was an animated adventure series airing in syndication in 1959.

Clutch was a renowned author who took his plane around the globe in search of adventure. He was assisted by Spinner (a boy) and Paddlefoot (a Dachshund). Clutch used his wits to outsmart his enemies and win the day.

Billed as "television's first comic strip" (as everything was mainly static drawings), the show was ridiculed for its "Synchro-Vox" process. Developed by Ed Gillette for commercials in the 1950s in which animals talked, Synchro-Vox involved filming the voice actors' mouths as they read their scripts and superimposing them over the characters' mouths.

The series was presented in 26 installments each consisting of five 5-minute episodes, or each episode was screened daily as part of stations' cartoon packages or live kids shows.


Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Richard Kotting Clutch Cargo 1
Margaret Kerry Spinner 1
Paddlefoot 1
Hal Smith various characters 1


Season Premiere Finale #
Season One March 1959 September 1959 26

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
The Complete Series, Vol. 1 March 22, 2005 3

The Complete Series, Vol. 2 March 22, 2005 3

Clutch Cargo Cartoon Collection March 29, 2005 1