The look of this show is definitely cheap, but the subject matter was interesting. Basically the host interviewed two ventriloquists and a 'vent' figure dealer.
The two ventriloquists were Stan Burns and Dan Ritchard. Both men were good, professional ventriloquists who supplied good personalities for their respective dummies.
In the first major segment, Stan Burns discussed a brief history of ventriloquism while photographs of old-time ventriloquists, such as the Great Lester, were shown on-screen.
In the next segment, the dealer, George Schindler, showed off some interesting and varied figures and did some ventriloquism himself with a rabbit figure.
In the last segment, Mr. Ritchard demonstrated various trick voices that ventriloquists use with the help of his dummy, Conrad, a large parrot-like figure; of these, the telephone voice was particularly effective.
Near the end of the show, Burns had a figure who operated his own figure that was interesting.
Not mentioned on the show is the fact that all three men have written books about ventriloquism since the show's original broadcast.
Again, not the greatest production values, but an interesting show about a rarely-examined subject.
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