Stars of Vaudeville # 540: Charlie Prelle and his Talking Dogs

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Germany-based performer Charles Prelle had a ventriloquial dog act, i.e. he placed masks over the dog’s mouths, they would move their jaws and Prelle would supply the voices. His so-called “Animal Circus” toured American vaudeville about a century ago. Whether he engaged in any bar bets is unknown.

To find out more about the variety arts past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. And don’t miss Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, to be released by Bear Manor Media in 2013.

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2 Responses to “Stars of Vaudeville # 540: Charlie Prelle and his Talking Dogs”

  1. Charles Prelle had a world famous dog-act in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s, performing in Germany, France, England and the Vaudeville circuit throughout the US. He was a great piece of history.

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