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Charlemane the Lion - Hand puppet featured on early installments of THE MORNING SHOW on CBS in the 1950s. Charlemane was a wide-eyed lion with a large snout and shaggy hair who wore a crown.

Bil Baird and Charmemane the Lion
Bil Baird & Charlemane

Charlemane debuted on the CBS morning program to attract viewers away from THE TODAY PROGRAM, a competing morning program on NBC that featured a real-live chimpanzee named J. Fred Muggs.

Manipulated by puppeteers Bil and Cora Baird, Charlemane appeared with the likes of Walter Cronkite, who hosted this two-hour morning program of music, news and entertainment.

Cora Baird and Charlemane the Lion
Cora Baird and Charlemane the Lion

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