One of the ventriloquist builders
of the early 1950′s was Glen Cargyle. He lived in So. California and
produced some very interesting ventriloquist figures. Although is
add states wooden figures they were in fact made from Mannequin
heads that he would then cut open and install mechanics. One of the
features of his figures was the carved hair on his figures. That is
a dead give away that they were mannequin heads.
Glen was chosen as the builder of the ventriloquist figure for the
Danny Kaye movie ” Knock ON Wood” and in actuality he did make 2
wooden heads for the movie but the rest which were 7 in number were
not wood. Dennis Alwood was kind enough to give me some personal
information on Cargyle and told me he was called into Paramount
studios because they were getting rid of props and they had 2 vent
figures from the movie Knock on Wood. Unfortunately when he got
there the figures were latex skin over the heads which had
deteriorated beyond repair and were no good. Dennis did not take
Glen was a teacher in Ca. also but lost his licence to teach and
left Ca. for Hawaii where he went under an assumed name.
Unfortunately for him he became a victim of murder and his brother
had to travel to claim his body.
Glen Cargyle And His Marketing Ads
"Knock on Wood" - Glen Cargyle