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Jellybean the Snail - A sassy snail puppet seen on episode "Talk to the Snail" on the sitcom THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW/CBS/1961-66.

Rob Petrie at the home of Claude Wilbur - THE DICK AN DYKE SHOW
Rob Petrie at the home of Claude Wilbur

When comedy writers Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke), Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam) and Sally Rogers (Rose Marie) thought they were going to be fired from their job on "The Alan Brady Show," they interviewed with ventriloquist Claude Wilbur (Paul Winchell) who had a children's show starring a snail puppet named Jellybean.

Wilbur had appeared on Ed Sullivan and received an offer to do his own big budget show at mid-season to replace Disc-a go-go. Other characters on the show included the Doville the Crow and Irving the Mouse.

Writing partner Sally Rogers protested that she didn't want to write for an animal ("I'm not a veterinarian"). Fellow writer Buddy Sorrell, offered a positive slant on the ventures "This is a step up. Your going from Allen the Worm to Claude the Snail."

Jellybean the Snail and Claude Wilbur - THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW
Jellybean and Claude Wilbur

Representing his colleagues, Rob traveled to the home of Claude Wilbur for an interview. At the start of the interview Rob was instructed to talk to the puppet and not the ventriloquist.

As the interview proceeded, the snail kept hitting Rob Petrie in the head with a stick until Rob was about to kill the snail and the ventriloquist attached.

When Rob finished the interview, he shook one of his Jellybean's antennas and departed. See also "Irving the Mouse"


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