The Full-Length

Motion Pictures of

EDGAR BERGEN

 

Find out more about Bergen's full-length films
at IMDB: www.imdb.com
or AMG: www.allmovie.com

 

1938: The Goldwyn Follies

MUSICAL with weak plot: A movie producer asks a simple girl from outside show business to help him add "humanity" to his movies.

Bergen and McCarthy play themselves.  Also stars Adolphe Menjou and the wacky Ritz Brothers.

 

1939: Letter of Introduction

An actress tries to make it on her own without the support of her famous father.

Great lines from supporting stars Bergen and McCarthy, with their big routine coming at the end.  Even Mortimer helps out (see the clip on this site).

 

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Letter of Introduction

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1939: You Can't Cheat an Honest Man

Bergen is billed as The Great Edgar in the circus run by Larson Whipsnade (played by the great comedian W. C. Fields).  The circus is perpetually in debt, and Whipsnade connives and cons his way to keeps his circus afloat. 

Fields and McCarthy exchange insults in the classic manner established in Bergen's radio program.  Bergen is also part of the main plot this time as he supplies the romantic interest for Whipsnade's daughter. 

This is a must-see film for any Bergen or Fields fan!

 

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 You Can't Cheat an Honest Man

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1939: Charlie McCarthy, Detective

A mystery/comedy with Charlie McCarthy acting as a detective who helps (or hinders) Bergen from solving the murder of a magazine publisher.

Bergen fans will find this little film amusing.  Charlie even has his own Sherlock Holmes outfit.  This is the first film where Bergen was cast as the main star.

  

1941: Look Who's Laughing

Fibber McGee and Molly try to get an airplane factory built in their small town, and Fibber gets Bergen and McCarthy to help convince the manufacturing executives.

Also stars Lucille Ball.

Fibber McGee and Molly was a popular comedy radio program from 1935 to 1959, one of the longest-running comedies in the history of American radio.

  

1942: Here We Go Again

Another outing with Fibber McGee and Molly, who take a trip for the purpose of having a second honeymoon.  Bergen, Charlie, and Mortimer are camping out and manage to become involved in the shenanigans at the lodge where the McGees are staying.

Charlie McCarthy actually even has a solo dance number called "This Delicious Delirium."

 

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Here We Go Again

 "Delicious Delirium"

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1943: Stage Door Canteen

The Stage Door Canteen is a Manhattan music hall for the entertainment of soldiers and sailors.  The thin plot involves a waitress falling in love with a soldier, but essentially the movie is a string of variety acts.

Boasting a huge, star-studded cast (too large to list here), Bergen can be found along with several great comedians: Ray Bolger, Harpo Marx, George Jessel and Ed Wynn.

  

 

1944: Song of the Open Road

Jane Powell (at age 14) is a child film star who hates being told what to do.  So, she runs away and joins the U.S. Crop Corps, a group of youngsters who pick crops to support the war.  The thin plot involves teen romance in this musical.  Cameo appearances by Bergen & McCarthy and by W. C. Fields.

1947: Fun and Fancy Free

This Disney film actually is comprised of two featurettes: the first is the musical "Bongo."  Bongo is a circus bear who is ignored even though audiences love him.  The script is based on a children's story by Sinclair Lewis.  Dinah Shore is the narrator of this piece and also sings.

The second featurette is "Jack and the Beanstalk"  with Mickey Mouse as Jack.  This classic animated outing becomes even more amusing because Bergen, Charlie, and Mortimer serve as the narrators.

1948: I Remember Mama

This is a dramatic film set in San Francisco circa 1900 and focusing on a family of  Norwegian immigrants.  Mama runs the house and tries to instill order despite the odd assortment of boarders and visitors.

Edgar Bergen (who was Norwegian himself) is cast in a supporting role as Peter Thorkelson.

  

1949: Captain China

A dramatic film in which a disgraced sea captain (John Payne) attempts to redeem himself by becoming a common sailor.

Bergen is Mr. Haasvelt, an older passenger who bickers with his wife.

1953: Mystery Lake

George Fenneman has the main role as a naturalist who explores the wilderness.  Part adventure film and part documentary.

Bergen is cast as Dr. Sorenson, an advisor to the main character.

1954: Alice in Wonderland

Kraft Television Theater.  TV Episode ( May 5th 1954).   Art Carney played the Mad Hatter.  Robin Morgan played Alice.  Bergen and Charlie follow Alice down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland.

SPECIAL FEATURE: For all of the Alice fans out there, here is an Alice Photo Book.

 

1954: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Kraft Television Theatre.  "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" (July 8, 1954).  Edgar Bergen stars as the Yankee.  Victor Jory (in pictures at right) played Merlin.

  

1964: The Hanged Man

TV Movie: Robert Culp stars in this tale of a man out for revenge in New Orleans during Mardi Gras.

Bergen cast as Hotel Clerk.

1965: One Way Wahini

Comedy/thriller set in Hawaii.

Bergen cast as Sweeney.

 

1967: Don't Make Waves

Not highly regarded by critics.  Tony Curtis and Claudia Cardinale star in this romantic comedy set in Malibu (southern California).

Edgar Bergen cast as Madame Lavinia (?).

  

1968: Rogues' Gallery

Murder/Mystery: A movie version of an old radio series.  Never released in theaters, it appeared on NBC TV in 1972.

Edgar Bergen has a supporting role.  Roger Smith (of 77 Sunset Strip) played Richard Rogue.

  

1971: The Homecoming: A Christmas Story

This made-for-TV-movie was the pilot for the popular TV series, The Waltons.  Set in 1933, a mother holds her family together as they wait and hope for the homecoming of the father.

 Bergen plays Grandpa Zebb Walton.

1972: My Sister Hank

Made-for-TV movie stars a young Jodie Foster as a trouble-making tomboy.

Edgar Bergen plays her grandfather.

  

1976: Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood

A weak spoof of the Rin Tin Tin movies.

Edgar Bergen is Prof. Quicksand amidst a large and wasted star-studded cast.


 

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