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  • So many people are working in vaudeville today that I looked for three weeks to book enough acts for an hour bill and didn't have them until the night before we opened in Buffalo and money was no object!
    (Edgar Bergen)

  • I would like to see a vaudeville world of three-a-day. Five-a-day is too many. Managers who are trying to profit at that rate will gorge themselves right out of business. You can't put entertainment on a production line basis.
    (Edgar Bergen)

  • I've never told you the story of Alice in Wonderland, have I?
    (Edgar Bergen)

  • When I ask him these questions and he answers, I haven't got the faintest idea what he's going to say, and what he says astounds me with his wisdom. It is so much more that I know.
    (Edgar Bergen)

  • Well, a friend in need is a friend indeed.
    (Edgar Bergen)


  • We had to have a star each week... Possibly our program being on Sunday and having a little fun with the Bible was dangerous.
    (Edgar Bergen)

  • But Charlie, Charlie, how can we ever really know anything? Charlie, what or who is God?
    (Edgar Bergen)

  • Maybe it is the war or the movies or because this generation was bred on radio comedy, but I found out that they want bombastic stuff with a lot of drive. They have little time for whimsy. It varies, of course, from town to town. The Hartford audience was sharper on some things than the Buffalo audience. Political jokes go, depending upon how the community votes. A Negro audience will pick up subtle comedy quicker than anyone else.
    (Edgar Bergen)

  • You find out your mistakes from an audience that pays admission.
    (Edgar Bergen)

  • I was asking Charlie the most important questions, and you heard the answers.
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  • My friend Charlie McCarthy is, of course, much more of a celebrity than he was 13 years ago... They wanted to see McCarthy striped pants, monocle, derby and Bergen's bald head. If that had happened in radio, the reaction would have been slow, diffused and debatable. I wouldn't learn anything from an audience sitting in a broadcasting studio in Hollywood, because those people all are in my business.
    (Edgar Bergen)

  • To think that this was once Happy Valley.
    (Edgar Bergen)

  • Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.
    (Edgar Bergen)

  • Nobody seems to know yet how television is going to affect the radio, movies, love, housekeeping or the church, but it has definitely revived vaudeville.
    (Edgar Bergen)

  • OK, magic boy, let's see who you really are.
    (Edgar Bergen)


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