Glen Cargyle And His Marketing Ads


Glen Cargyle is famous for having built the ventriloquist figure used by Danny Kaye in the movie ” Knock On Wood” but what I found to be amazing was this ad in which he is actually offering this figure for sale to the public. I am not sure he ever sold any of these because to my knowledge none have been accounted for in any collection to this date.

Also in this ad he offers a ventriloquist figure which has all the controls inside the head and you must put you hand inside the head to work the controls. He also talks about a rubber style covering over the head to give a more lifelike appearance. Again I have never seen or found anyone who has one of these figures.

It is known that Mr Cargyle took many deposits for figures and then disappeared. Maybe his marketing of these figures was too great for him to be able to accomplish and this forced him to vanish from the Hollywood scene. I do know that he was found murdered in Hawaii. Very interesting to say the least!!



Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. His collection of ventriloquist figures now numbers over 100 figures of which there are over 50 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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