Radio program AKA The Edgar Bergen - Charlie McCarthy Show
, after its stars. Most popular radio show based on a ventriloquist act. W. C. Fields
was a regular the first five months of the program, and started an on-the-air feud
with McCarthy, threatening to carve
him into a venetian blind
. McCarthy's reply: "That makes me shudder
W.C. Fields: "Is it true that your father was a gait-legged table?"
McCarthy: "If it is, your father was under it."
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?"
Guest stars on the show included Mae West
(whose sexual innuendo so shocked listeners that the network banned her for 15 years), Spencer Tracy
, Dorothy Lamour
, Abbott and Costello
, Gene Tierney
, Judy Garland
, Betty Hutton
, and frequent appearances by Don Ameche
. Other Bergen characters included country bumpkin Mortimer Snerd (introduced 1939
) and spinster Effie Klinker (introduced 1944
). The show ran from May 1937
through December 1939 as a one hour program on the NBC-Red
network and from January 1940
until December 1948
as a 30 minute show with the name The Chase And Sanborn Program
. In 1949, Bergen moved the show to CBS
, and got Coca-Cola
as a sponsor