Amateur Ventriloquist Production – “Eddie in Decatur”

edgar bergen in decatur

We received an email from Mike Salerno who is producing a movie about the life of Edgar Bergen with emphasis on his time growing up in Decatur, Michigan.

Here is the movie trailer for “Eddie in Decatur”. Edgar Bergen was the famous ventriloquist who created the figure, Charlie McCarthy. Bergen’s family moved to Decatur, Michigan in 1908 when Bergen was 5-years-old, and stayed for 11 years. This documentary explores Bergen’s life in Decatur: his mentorship from the remarkable Dr. William Bope, the start of Bergen’s show business career at the Decatur Village theater, stories of mischief, and Bergen’s lifelong ties to his hometown.

Meanwhile, producer Mike Salerno and his ventriloquist dummy, Rupert Schemburglar, plan to help the local economy by convincing Hollywood to make a movie about Edgar Bergen and Decatur. “Eddie in Decatur” is an educational movie for general audiences and will be released via Internet and public access TV in the summer of 2011.

If you have problems viewing this video, click here

Mike, good luck with your project and let us know when it is released.



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:

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