Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Paul Winchell Week: Wednesday

Brilliant interplay between Winchell and Mahoney in this 1950 skit from Cavalcade of Stars. Jerry's dream, featuring Paul as an even smaller dummy that Jerry torments mercilessly, is hysterical and certainly one for the psychology textbooks. Winchell was always willing to push the envelope with his ventriloquy act. It's hard to imagine any other ventriloquist from this period.. Edgar Bergen, Jimmy Nelson, Peter Brough, Sheri Lewis, etc... going this far to deconstruct the very foundations of ventriloquism.

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