I was contacted with a good question asking me if I knew how many Charlie McCarthy figures were made for Edgar Bergen. I am sure that there were many but I was only able to give the questionnaire a definitive total of three.
Those three figures are:
1) The Charlie in the Smithsonian
2) The Charlie in the Radio and Broadcast Museum
3) The Charlie in the David Copperfield Collection.
David Copperfield also owns the original Frowning Charlie
I thought it was a very good subject to throw out to all of you and if you know of any other originals and where they may be please let us know.
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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: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
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I remember reading an article about the number of Charlies there were…but can’t remember who wrote it or when it was published. I seem to remember that the Bergen family has someone who still authenticates and documents Bergen’s figures as they turn up. I can’t remember who that is though. Maybe some of your readers will remember this.
To your list of original Charlies I would add: at least one “frowning” Charlie from “Fun and Fancy Free.” There may have actually been more figures made for that film.
It is a good question.
Hi Dave and thanks but I did include the frowning Charlie if you go back and read the blog. It is in the David Copperfield collection.
In her autobiography, Candice Bergen (on page 332 of the paperback) wrote his father had 3 Charlie heads.
Meanwhile, Finis Robinson (in an article about Bergen) said that Bergen himself revealed to him that there were 6 different Charlies!
Oh, no… this Charlie mystery goes on and on and on…