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Edgar Bergen

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Category: Comedy
Reference No: 9335
Status: Available
Price: £75.00
  Edgar Bergen  Edgar Bergen

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American ventriloquist.

Bergen and his dummy Charlie McCarthy were first heard over Rudy Vallee's radio programme on December 17, 1936 and were an immediate hit. He was promptly put under contract, and he and Charlie starred on NBC and later on CBS from 1937-1956. Charlie McCarthy was a sarcastic boy constantly in trouble and prone to coining aphorisms such as "Ambition is just an excuse for those without the good sense to be lazy" and "Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?"

Bergen appeared in 25 films and was awarded a Special Oscar in 1937 for Double Talk.


Bergen was pictured on one of five 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps celebrating famous comedians, issued in booklet form 29 August 1991. He was shown with alter ego Charlie McCarthy. The stamp designs were drawn by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. The other comedians honoured in the set are Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy; Jack Benny; Fanny Brice; and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.

This is a superb vintage sepia photograph (8" x 10"), showing Bergen and Charlie McCarthy as elegant "toffs", nicely signed and inscribed ("Best wishes to Pat & Mary from Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy") in blue fountain pen ink across the image. In very good condition. The signature was obtained in July 1948 when Bergen was appearing at the London Palladium.