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Charlie McCarthy Chalk Carnival Figure

Edgar Bergen and his smart talking dummy Charlie McCarthy began their show business career in vaudeville. A guest appearance on Rudy Vallee's radio show in 1936 transformed the hard working duo into an instant hit. Within several months they were the stars of the Chase and Sanborn Hour. On this show Charlie feuded with W. C. Fields, flirted with Dorothy Lamour and in general was loved by all. Even though the concept of a radio ventriloquist seems quite absurd today Charlie and later Mortimer Snerd and Effie Klinker enjoyed tremendous success. Many promotional items were produced over the years. Out 15.25" chalk figure was most certainly a carnival prize. It probably dates from the late 1930's or early 1940's. It has its original gray, black, and red paint. Charlie is wearing his tuxedo, top hat, and monocle. There is still some of the original glitter on the lapels, bow tie and hat. There is a chunk of the hat missing on the back. Click to view back There are no marks. Despite his problems he is a wonderful souvenir of the golden age of radio. $60.00 (Stock number 003CharlieMcCarthy)

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