Jimmy Weldon & Webster Webfoot -
Ventriloquist who operated a sassy, talkative little duck on the THE
WEBSTER WEBFOOT SHOW and FUNNY BONERS/NBC/1954-55, a game show for
children broadcast from Hollywood.
The quacky Webster Webfoot dummy was operated by ventriloquist, Jimmy Weldon.
When asked how old he is, Webster (born February 31st) replies, "I'm
only three...but I'm tough!"
The Webster Webfoot character was
created by Jimmy Weldon in 1946 when he worked as a disc jockey at
radio station KWCO in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He made his television
debut in 1950 on THE WEBSTER WEBFOOT SHOW on WFAA-TV in Dallas, TX.
The show featured "Uncle" Jimmy Weldon and his duck friend Webster
In 1952, Jimmy Weldon moved to Hollywood to appear in
various movie and television roles. In 1959, Jimmy Weldon and
Webster Webfoot hosted the NBC show HI MOM on WRCA-TV, after its
hostess, ventriloquist Shari Lewis left in 1959. In the 1960's,
ventriloquist Jimmy Weldon and Webster Webfoot entertained children
on Fresno TV station KJEO Channel 47.
The popular duck spawned a number of promotional
merchandise, now very hard to find, such as Webster Webfoot caps, coloring
books, dolls, records, sweaters, T-shirts, and towels.
TRIVIA NOTE: Jimmy Weldon's "quacky" duck voice which
he used with Webster Webfoot later inspired the 1960 Hanna Barbera
cartoon character Yakky Doodle (Weldon had previously used the voice
in the cartoon Little Quacker released January 7, 1950). The Yakky
character made his debut in 1959 on the Auggie Doogy and Doggy Daddy
cartoon (aired as part of the QUICK DRAW MCGRAW SHOW).
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