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Charlie McCarthy is Edgar Bergen's most famous ventriloquist dummy and was part of his act starting in the 1920s. Bergen was so popular that he appeared regularly on the radio, which does not sound like a possible venue for a ventriloquist, but the joy of listening to them was in their personalities much more so than Bergen's skill as a ventriloquist, and in many of their appearances, Charlie McCarthy is treated as a real mischievous human boy, and not a ventriloquist's dummy. Edgar Bergen and Charlie appear most famously in You Can't Cheat an Honest Man, Charlie McCarthy Detective, and Pure Feud
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