More About Pretty Bopp Franklin and June Bug

A little over a week ago, I wrote a blog about William “Pretty Bopp” Franklin (click here to see blog).

Last Saturday, I showed you the Brian Hamilton figure that was built for “Pretty Bopp” Franklin (click here to see blog).

Here’s more of the story. At one point in the later 1970’s, “Pretty Bopp” Franklin commissioned Brian Hamilton to build him a Black McElroy style figure.

He received the figure and the eyes did not work right so he returned the figure to Brian Hamilton but Brian was notorious for not getting work done and in desperation Bopp sold the figure as it was, still in the hands of Brian Hamilton, to Marlowe Scholten.

Marlowe informed Brian that he now owned the figure. After much begging and screaming Brian brought the figure to Marlowe as it was in unfinished condition missing the eyes.

About a year ago I was contacted by Marlowe and I purchased the Hamilton figure from him. I commisioned Lee Dunn to fix the eyes and he surprised me by delivering this wonderful figure to me at the 2009 Vent Haven ConVENTion. It is a great figure and testament to Brians work.




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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