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Edgar Bergen with Charlie McCarthy (1950)

In his first appearance on network television, Edgar Bergen hosts a Thanksgiving Day special featuring three of his partners in ventriloquism - Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd and Podine ... See full summary »

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In his first appearance on network television, Edgar Bergen hosts a Thanksgiving Day special featuring three of his partners in ventriloquism - Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd and Podine Puffington. Ray Noble becomes upset when Charlie tells him that Edgar has hired a beautiful pianist, Diana Lynn to perform a solo. In the last scene, Edgar and Charlie are the put on trial for witchcraft in Colonial Massachusetts and sentenced to be burned at the stake before escaping with the help of a fetching Indian maid. Written by David Bassler

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I could see why the networks didn't pick this one up...
22 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is Edgar Bergen's first attempt at television--a failed TV pilot that somehow the networks rejected. While I am not 100% sure why, I can only assume it was because there just wasn't enough comedy --something you'd expect in an Edgar Bergen and Charley McCarthy show.

This variety show stars off well--with an emphasis on Bergen and his alter-ego, Charley. The jokes come fast and I was expecting to enjoy the show. However, soon the program became bogged down and ended even worse--with a huge musical production number that just seemed ill-suited to Bergen and his sort of talents. In fact, aside from a surprisingly good musical interlude featuring Diana Lynn at the piano (this cute actress was a surprise, as I had no idea she was so accomplished ), ALL the portions without Bergen were slow and boring. The show COULD have worked--but with an insistence on it being a musical variety show, it was hopelessly miscast and dreadful.


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