Charlie McCarthy Puppet

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Description (Brief)
The dummy Charlie McCarthy was the creation of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen (1903–1978). Bergen first introduced McCarthy to radio audiences on Rudy Vallee’s show in 1936. The act was an instant hit; the following year Bergen and McCarthy began a successful run hosting the popular Chase and Sanborn Hour.
Location
Currently not on view
subject
Puppetry
Television broadcasts
Radio and television broadcasting
Motion Pictures
Theater, Vaudeville
Nightclubs
Television
related event
World War II
Great Depression
National Museum of American History
Mack, Theodore
Bergen, Edgar
NBC
CBS
Mack, Theodore
Credit Line
Gift of The Bergen Foundation (through Frances Bergen)
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
cloth, synthetic (overall material)
human hair (hair material)
glass (eyes material)
leather (shoes material)
Measurements
overall: 36 in x 12 in x 8 in; 91.44 cm x 30.48 cm x 20.32 cm
See more items in
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
1939 exhibit
Popular Entertainment
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
1922
Object Name
puppet
ID Number
1980.0273.01
accession number
1980.0273
catalog number
1980.0273.01
Related Publication
O'Keefe, Donald Charles. Theo. Mack & Son: The Charlie McCarthy Connection
Related Web Publication
http://www.spyrock.com/nadafarm/CMSB2/html/theo.html