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Granny Goose - To cash in on the 1960s spy mania, the Granny Goose Potato Chip Company hired rugged veteran actor Philip Carey to star in a series of secret agent styled commercials advertising their product line.

Philip Carey

His main assignment in each TV spot was rescuing a beautiful woman caught in the middle of treacherous situations. Just as it seemed the heroine was a goner, in popped our hero with the silly line "You may not believe this...but my name is Granny Goose." Then in the midst of all this confusion, he'd offer his new acquaintance a Granny Goose potato chip.

The commercials, produced regionally for the Southern California market, placed the Granny Goose character up against such villains as Nazi interrogators, Mexican banditos; and spies in machine-gun equipped helicopters. Of course, Granny Goose always came through with the goods, namely tasty potato chips.

Philip Carey (a.k.a. Granny Goose) died of lung cancer on February 6, 2009. He was also known for his roles as Texas Ranger Captain Parmalee on the western series LAREDO and a Texas tycoon on the the soap opera ONE LIFE TO LIVE.


1940s Granny Goose Package

TRIVIA NOTE: The Granny Goose Potato Chips company was founded in 1946 by Matthew Barr, the owner of Oakland-based Barr Foods. The founder's young granddaughter named the company. It's mascot is a white goose with a blue bonnet.  Barr sold the company in 1948 to a group of investors. In January 1966, Granny Goose Foods, Inc. sold to De Monte Corporation. In 2004, the company (formerly a subsidiary of Sunshine Foods) closed its Oakland, California plant on April 22, 2000 and consolidated its operations to Kaysville, Utah. The musical group The Arrows made a song called "Granny Goose" (Capitol 72287). See also -VEGETABLES: "Potato Chips"


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