Gallery Six: Frank Marshall (11
If the United States were a
nation populated primarily by ventriloquists, Frank Marshall's
face would surely grace its currency. No single individual did
more to influence the art of ventriloquism as popular
entertainment in America, touching the lives of many professional
vents who went on to great success. He made the dummies that these
vents magically brought to life. Many of Marshall's creations went
on to great fame: Danny O'Day, Jerry Mahoney, Farfel--these
characters epitomized his distinctive style. Fans can recognize a
Marshall dummy anywhere: the heavily lined eye, the smiling
"cheeky boy" features.
from Dummy Days, by Kelly Asbury
Below are two photos of Frank Marshall himself (the second
is Marshall in a snapshot with vent Les Lester, Sr.) and several photos of vents with their prized
figures, all of whom were carved by Frank Marshall. Hopefully, the
photographs demonstrate both the similarity in style of Marshall's work as
well as the wide variety of his work.
Photo descriptions (Figures in red are
residents of Vent Haven.):
1. George McAthy and "Corny." 1943.
2. Harry Royale and a female Marshall figure. Photo by Conner-Geddes.
3. Dick Bruno (Monsieur Brunard) and "Joe Flip."
4. Jimmie Craig ("The Great Gabbo") and "Jerry O'Brien."
5. Bob Isaacson with "Orville Sweet" (left) and "Speedy
Wheeler." 1965. Photo by George Elliot.
6. Peter Rich and "Oscar." Photo
by Bruno of Hollywood.
7. George Boyce and "Tommy." 1925.
8. Kenny Warren and "Joey." 1970. Photo by James J. Kriegmann.
9. Judge Alan Farber and "Chuck Davis."
Days: America's Favorite Ventriloquists from Radio and Early TV
by Kelly Asbury
foreword by Leonard Maltin
afterword by Jeff Dunham
Days at Amazon.com
Or you can order the book from Vent Haven and all money
from the sale goes to Vent Haven Museum: Email
the curator for more details!
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