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onesmedia store HOME | BOOKS | JEAN SHEPHERD | MOVIES | OLD TIME RADIO AUDIO CD | OLD TIME RADIO mp3 CD ROM |OLD TIME RADIO mp3 DVD ROMTHE EDGAR BERGEN & CHARLIE MCCARTHY SHOW - 2 mp3 CD SETOld Time Radio - 2 CD - 136 mp3Edgar John Bergen (February 16, 1903 – September 30, 1978) was an American actor and radio performer, best known as a ventriloquist.Bergen was born Edgar John Bergren in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Swedish immigrants Nilla Svensdotter (née Osberg) and Johan Henriksson Berggren. He grew up in Decatur, Michigan. He taught himself ventriloquism from a pamphlet when he was 11. A few years later he commissioned Chicago woodcarver Theodore Mack to sculpt a likeness of a rascally Irish newspaperboy he knew. The head went on a dummy named Charlie McCarthy, who became Bergen's lifelong sidekick. At age 16, he went to Chicago, where he attended Lake View High School and worked at a silent movie house.His first performances were in vaudeville, at which point he legally changed his last name to the easier-to-pronounce "Bergen". He also worked in one-reel movie shorts, but his real success was on the radio. He and Charlie were seen at a New York party by Elsa Maxwell for Noël Coward, who recommended them for an engagement at the famous Rainbow Room. It was there that two producers saw Bergen and Charlie perform. They then recommended them for a guest appearance on Rudy Vallée's program. Their initial appearance, on December 17, 1936, was so successful that the following year they were given their own show, as part of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. Under various sponsors (and two different networks), they were on the air from May 9, 1937 to July 1, 1956. The popularity of a ventriloquist on radio, when one could see neither the dummies nor his skill, surprised and puzzled many critics, then and now. Even knowing that Bergen provided the voice, listeners perceived Charlie as a genuine person, but only through artwork, rather than photos, could the character be seen as truly lifelike. Thus, in 1947, Sam Berman caricatured Bergen and McCarthy for the network's glossy promotional book, NBC Parade of Stars: As Heard Over Your Favorite NBC Station.It was Bergen's skill as an entertainer and vocal performer, and especially his characterization of Charlie, that carried the show. Many of the shows have survived and are available for audiences today to experience the phenomenon firsthand. Bergen's success on radio was paralleled in the United Kingdom by Peter Brough and his dummy Archie Andrews (Educating Archie).For the radio program, Bergen developed other characters, notably the slow-witted Mortimer Snerd and the man-hungry Effie Klinker. The star remained Charlie, who was always presented as a highly precocious child (albeit in top hat, cape, and monocle) – a debonair, girl-crazy, child-about-town. As a child, and a wooden one at that, Charlie could get away with double entendre which were otherwise impossible under broadcast standards of the time.Charlie: "May I have a kiss good-bye?"Dale Evans: "Well, I can't see any harm in that!"Charlie: "Oh. I wish you could. A harmless kiss doesn't sound very thrilling."Similar lines given to Mae West in a sketch on the show broadcast December 12, 1937, resulted in her fifteen-year broadcasting ban. "Charles, I remember our date and have the splinters to prove it."[cite this quote]Charlie's feud with W. C. Fields was a regular feature of the show.W.C. Fields: "Well, Charlie McCarthy, the woodpecker's pinup boy!"Charlie: "Well, if it isn't W.C. Fields, the man who keeps Seagram's in business!"W.C. Fields: "I love children. I can remember when, with my own little unsteady legs, I toddled from room to room."Charlie: "When was that? Last night?"W.C. Fields: "Quiet, Wormwood, or I'll whittle you into a venetian blind."Charlie: "Ooh, that makes me shutter!"W.C. Fields: "Tell me, Charles, is it true that your father was a gate-leg table?"Charlie: "If it is, your father was under it."W.C. Fields: "Why, you stunted spruce, I'll throw a japanese beetle on you."Charlie: "Why, you bar-fly you, I'll stick a wick in your mouth, and use you for an alcohol lamp!"Charlie: "Pink elephants take aspirin to get rid of W. C. Fields."W.C. Fields: "Step out of the sun Charles. You may come unglued."Charlie: "Mind if I stand in the shade of your Nose?"Bergen was not the most technically skilled ventriloquist – Charlie McCarthy frequently twitted him for moving his lips, but Bergen's sense of comedic timing was superb, and he handled Charlie's snappy dialogue with aplomb. Bergen's wit in creating McCarthy's striking personality and that of his other characters was the making of the show. Bergen's popularity as a ventriloquist on radio (where the trick of "throwing his voice" was not visible) suggests his appeal was primarily the personality he applied to his characters.Bergen and McCarthy are sometimes credited with "saving the world" because, on the night of October 30, 1938, when Orson Welles performed his War of the Worlds radio play hoax that panicked many listeners, most of the American public had instead tuned in to Bergen and McCarthy on another station and never heard Welles' play. Conversely, it has also been theorized that Bergen inadvertently contributed to the hysteria. When the musical portion of Bergen's show, The Chase and Sanborn Hour, aired approximately twelve minutes into the show, many listeners switched stations and found the War of the Worlds presentation already underway, with a realistic sounding reporter detailing terrible events.Ray Noble was the musical director and composer and teenage singer Anita Gordon provided the songs on his show. Gordon was said to have been discovered by Charlie, who had a crush on her.PLEASE READ HOW TO LISTEN AT THESE CDTHESE ARE MP3 CD RECORDINGTHEY WILL NOT PLAY IN REGULAR CD PLAYERSYou will need CD players that read mp3 files.Here some of the more popular mp3 players: Coby, Memorex, Panasonic, Philips, Sony and many more. Be sure you buy a model that support mp3 files.You can upload the files in ipods like Apple Ipod, Sansa and 100's more. Many new car CD players reads mp3, again check your player first. Many new home DVD players and virtually every Blu Ray reads mp3 files, please check your manual. Finally you can use your compurer. If you're reading this web page, you already have everything you need to listen this mp3 CDMost of these shows are 32kbps, if space is available we will use higher bit rate.THESE CD WILL BE DELIVERED IN WHITE PAPER SLEEVESI guarantee delivery of your item. If your item doesn't get there or is damaged, please notify us and we'll reship for you.FULL REFUND IF NOT SATISFIEDEPISODES LISTEBCM 370509 Ann Harding Rodgers Hart EBCM 370606 C S W C Fields Joan Blondell EBCM 370905 C S Ida Lupino EBCM 371212 C S Adam and Eve with Mae West EBCM 381030 C S with Don Ameche Halloween Party EBCM 400421 Charles Laughton EBCM 401027 Frankie Laine EBCM 410921 W C Fields EBCM 411207 Judy Garland EBCM 420303 Edward Everett Horton EBCM 420503 Judy Garland EBCM 420621 Edward Everett Horton EBCM 420628 Walter Brennan EBCM 420906 Charles Ruggles EBCM 421005 Guest Rosemary Clooney EBCM 421011 From Annapolis Naval Academy EBCM 421018 From Quantico Marine Base EBCM 421102 W C Fields EBCM 430207 Teresa Wright EBCM 430221 Carmen Miranda EBCM 430328 Guest Roy Rogers EBCM 430411 Martha Raye and Bill Thompson EBCM 430418 Ronald Coleman EBCM 430425 Barbra Stanwyck EBCM 430502 Barbara Stanwyck Acts as Charlies Agent EBCM 430516 Claudette Colbert and Rags Ragland EBCM 430523 Charles Boyer EBCM 430530 Walter Pidgeon EBCM 430912 Humphrey Bogart EBCM 430926 Chase and Sanborn Hedy Loves Mortimer EBCM 431031 Dorothy Lamour EBCM 431107 Elsa Maxwell EBCM 431205 Guests Bert Lahr Fats Waller Jane Powell EBCM 431212 Bert Lahr and Lena Horne EBCM 440000 with Lucile Ball EBCM 440123 Greer Garson EBCM 440130 with Basil Rathbone EBCM 440206 Susan Hayward EBCM 440220 Edgars Birthday With WC Fields EBCM 440306 Cecil B Demille EBCM 440313 Charles Ruggles and Jane Powell EBCM 440402 Orson Welles and Jane Powell EBCM 440917 Guest Leo Carillo EBCM 441015 Charlie Wants More Allowance with Gertrude Niesen EBCM 441022 Charlie Opens a Frog Farm Welles Burke EBCM 441029 Halloween EBCM 441105 John Robert Powers EBCM 441112 Frank Fay EBCM 441203 Don Ameche EBCM 441210 Charlie Answers Ad for Edgar EBCM 441224 Navy Choir Night Before Christmas EBCM 441231 New Years Party Play with Charles Laughton EBCM 450000 Bergen Gets Amnesia EBCM 450107 GuestDon Ameche Carmen Miranda EBCM 450114 Louis Bromfield EBCM 450121 Frank Sinatra EBCM 450204 Albert E Wiggem EBCM 450218 Ginny Simms and Veronica Lake EBCM 450225 Gene Tierney EBCM 450325 Little Red Riding Hood with Lynn Bari EBCM 450422 Rita Hayworth EBCM 450429 A F R S 105 Ida Lupino EBCM 450502 Dr Max Mason EBCM 450520 Running Away with Janet Blair EBCM 450903 Guest Fred Allen Portland Hoffa EBCM 450909 Keenan Wynn EBCM 450916 Joan Blondell EBCM 450923 Ann Baxter EBCM 450930 Fred Allen Portland Hoffa EBCM 451014 Hildegarde EBCM 451021 Fred Allen EBCM 451111 Gov Kerr of Oklahoma EBCM 451118 Margaret OBrien EBCM 451216 Trip to the Planetarium EBCM 460210 Jose Iturbi EBCM 460217 Memories with Ray Milland EBCM 460324 At the Barbershop with W C Fields EBCM 460621 Abbott Costello Part 1 EBCM 460628 Abbott Costello Part 2 EBCM 461113-FredAllenTribute EBCM 461117 Tallulah Bankhead EBCM 461124 Everette Edward Horton EBCM 470105 Charles Boyer EBCM 470112 Edward Arnold EBCM 470119 10th Anniversary Show EBCM 470125 Roy Rogers EBCM 470202 Jane Wyman EBCM 470209 Nelson Eddy EBCM 470216 Nelson Eddy Billie Burke EBCM 470223 Nelson Eddy Elsa Maxwell EBCM 470302 Nelson Eddy Chester Morris EBCM 470309 Monty Woolley EBCM 470423 Roy Rogers EBCM 470509 Getting Ready for Hunting Trip EBCM 470902 Jack and the Beanstalk EBCM 470914 Michael Romanoff EBCM 470921 Walt Disney and Donald Duck EBCM 470928 Betty Hutton EBCM 471005 Don Ameche EBC
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