Actress Candice Bergen is set to produce a film about her ventriloquist father. Edgar Bergen and his wooden sidekick dummy Charlie McCarthy found fame in the 1930s and fronted their own U.S. TV show The Chase and Sanborn Hour, which ended in 1956 after 19 years.
The former Murphy Brown star spoke about her dad's entertaining life in her memoir Knock Wood, and now she is adapting the book for the big screen as a tribute to her father, who passed away in 1978.
A statement from Candice, about the dummy that overshadowed her father's legacy, reads, "This creation took over and eclipsed the creator. It was the dummy that wouldn't die. All the fan mail initially went to Charlie. And Edgar wasn't really welcome at parties in the beginning unless Charlie was with him. It was totally surreal."