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A Charlie Weaver Bartender doll is a battery-operated novelty doll depicting the popular American television character of Charley Weaver, played by the actor Cliff Arquette.
The character of Charlie Weaver was played by the actor Cliff Arquette, and first appeared on the radio show ‘Dave and Charlie’ which Arquette performed alongside Dave Willock in the early 1950s. Weaver was depicted as an old man from a small U.S town, wearing a squashed hat and old-fashioned rumples clothes along with a pair of small round glasses.
The character went on to appear regularly on the Tonight Show with Jack Paar, where he would read out letters from his ‘Mamma’ back home who would tell him about the goings on in the town. The letters were an excuse to feature a number of old jokes, but the character proved so popular that Arquette played him until the early 1970s, appearing on a number of shows including ‘The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show’, ‘Hollywood Squares’ and ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’.
Charlie Weaver Bartender dolls
The Charlie Dolls depicted Charlie as a bartender behind a small bar. The doll was battery operated, and would mix a drink before drinking it when it was switched on. Upon drinking the drink, a red light would light up inside the doll’s head and smoke would come out of its ears.
The doll was first manufactured in 1962 by the Rosko company, and made in Japan.
How much is a Charlie Weaver doll worth?
Charlie Weaver dolls can vary widely in price depending on their condition. In good working order, complete will all components and still in its original box, a doll can sell for between $75 - $150. Examples with missing parts or functions that don’t work can sell for between $40 - $60.
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