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Duffy's Tavern(1945)

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The title card on the viewed print reads "Ed Gardner's Duffy's Tavern," which was also the film's working title. Gardner's onscreen credit reads "and Archie (Himself) Ed Gardner." Duffy's Tavern was one of the most popular radio comedy series of the 1940s. The fictional tavern was a cheap diner on New York City's Third Avenue. Celebrity guests "dropped in" the tavern each week, where they were lampooned by Ed Gardner, playing "Archie," the Brooklyn barkeep, who was renowned for his malapropisms. The show also featured Eddie Green as the waiter; Shirley Booth (who was married to Gardner from 1929 to 1942) as "Miss Duffy," the daughter of the tavern's proprietor, who himself was never heard, but frequently telephoned Archie; and Charlie Cantor as "Clifton Finnegan," a dim-witted customer.
       Gardner first appeared as Archie in 1939 on This Is New York. Duffy's Tavern first aired as part of the CBS audition series Forecast on July 29, 1940, and was so successful that it became its own show on CBS on March 1, 1941. The last Duffy's Tavern show was broadcast in the 1950-51 NBC season. The film included a parody with new lyrics of the Oscar-award winning song "Swinging on a Star" from Paramount's 1944 hit film Going My Way (see below). This film marked the first time Bing Crosby appeared in a film with his four sons, Gary, twins Phillip and Dennis and Lin. In one notable bit in the film, a drunken O'Malley and Archie try to find out if the light inside a refrigerator goes off when you close the door by climbing inside the icebox to investigate.