Effanbee Charlie McCarthy Ventriloquist Figures

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It seems one of the most frequently asked questions I receive is if I can help identify a Charlie McCarthy figure made by Effanbee Co. I always respond yes to those who ask but I will again make this easy for anyone who happens to find a Charlie Figure and think it is an Effanbee.

The Effanbee Co was the only doll company that was licensed by Edgar Bergen to sell figures with the likeness of Charlie. They produced them in two different sizes 15″ tall and 20″ tall. The figures were available in a number of different costumes but the most popular and most common is the black tuxedo.

All true Effanbee Charlies will be marked in raised lettering on the back of the neck which reads ” Edgar Bergen’s Charlie McCarthy an Effanbee Product”. If your figure does not have this embossing on the lower back of the neck …..IT IS NOT AN EFFANBEE.

There were other companies, Freundlick, K&S, Regal that all made figures and they even put monacles and tuxedos on them but those were NOT Charlie McCarthy.

I have done a few videos on these figures and also previously did a blog about this and here is the link to that blog with pictures.


Click here to see blog about Effanbee Charlie McCarthy


Click here to see video of Effanbee Charlie McCarthy





Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. He created the Ventriloquist Central Collection. It now has over 100 ventriloquist figures and over 50 of them are Frank Marshall figures. Because of his love for the art of ventriloquism, Mr. Willinger created the website Ventriloquist Central. For more information about the website, go to: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com

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