EDGAR BERGEN - CONTRACT SIGNED - HFSID 319868
Sale Price $414.00
The ventriloquist signs a contract to appear for a show spanning one week in Long Beach, California, at the rate of $265.00
Contract signed: "Edgar Bergen", in black ink, 1 page, 8½x14. October 23, 1931. Chicago, Illinois. An agreement between Radio-Keith-Orpheum Western Vaudeville Exchange and performer Edgar Bergen for a performance in Long Beach, California for the span of one week at the rate of $265.00. Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen (1903-1978) and his dummy, Charlie McCarthy, were first heard over Rudy Vallee's radio program on December 17, 1936 and were an immediate hit. Bergen was promptly signed, and Bergen and McCarthy starred on NBC and later on CBS from 1937-1956. Charlie McCarthy was a sarcastic boy who managed to get into trouble, which always worried Edgar Bergen. McCarthyisms included: "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 was the father of Emmy Award-winning actress Candice Bergen. Lightly toned. Corners lightly worn and creased. Light surface creases. Folds. Small tears along edges. Otherwise, fine condition.
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