March 1950

Morgan plays third wheel on the television show Blind Date.

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During its short lifetime television has produced many actors and critics, but now it has produced its first really important actor and critic combined.
Life Magazine, Mar. 27, 1950

When the weekly musical variety show A Couple of Joes premiered on ABC in 1949, the titular hosts Joe Rosenfield and Joe Bushkin were quickly eclipsed in fame by their occasional co-star J.J. Morgan, a three-year-old basset hound owned by producer Richard Gordon.

Morgan didn’t do tricks or perform feats of agility and intelligence, but his soulful snout and droopy eyes won the hearts of audiences Read more…

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The celebrity basset hound that charmed 1950s America