Duffy's Tavern


1h 38m 1945

Brief Synopsis

When Archie, the proprietor of the neighborhood bar discovers that one of his regulars, Michael O'Malley, owner of a record company is going broke, he realizes that many of his regulars will soon be unemployed and therefore, unable to pay their tab at the tavern. Archie immediately begins recruiting

Film Details

Also Known As
Ed Gardner's Duffy's Tavern
Release Date
Sep 28, 1945
Premiere Information
New York opening: 5 Sep 1945; Los Angeles opening: 13 Sep 1945
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the radio series Duffy's Tavern created by Ed Gardner (1 Mar 1941--1959).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,928ft

Synopsis

Archie, the manager of Duffy's Tavern in New York--"where the elite meet to eat"--has been sending Mr. Duffy into debt by secretly serving meals to unemployed veterans. Before they joined the service, the men had worked in P. J. O'Malley's National Phonographic Record Company, but when the factory closed because of a wartime shortage of shellac, which must be shipped from India, they lost their jobs. Concerned about the business, Duffy sends his daughter to look at the books, but Archie appeals to her patriotism and interest in men and continues to feed the veterans. Soldier Danny Murphy, meanwhile, returns to town and becomes determined to put the men back to work. Archie, who is convinced of his personal "maggotism" with the ladies, is planning to propose to O'Malley's daughter Peggy. On the night Archie is to propose, however, Peggy meets Danny in the factory, and while they are dancing alone to a Bing Crosby master album, they fall in love. While Archie waits for Peggy at her home, he and O'Malley get drunk together. Peggy, meanwhile, assures Danny that the bank approved a loan to her father to get the factory running again, unaware that her father showed her only part of his bank telegram. The next day, Duffy sends an accountant to go through the tavern's books, and he finds Duffy $1,200 short. Danny locates some shellac, but O'Malley shows him the bank telegram denying him a loan. After Peggy, who works as a switchboard operator at a swank hotel, learns that a group of motion picture celebrities is staying at the hotel, Archie decides to host a block party featuring entertainment by them. Archie and O'Malley sneak into the stars' suites disguised as painters, but, when they finally reach Betty Hutton, posing as her masseurs, they are caught. Peggy, however, arrives in time to convince Betty that they need her help. The benefit is an immense success, but before the final curtain, Duffy tries to have Archie arrested. A record distributor offers O'Malley a $1,200 advance, but the men must then press 1,500 records by the end of the night. They succeed, and Miss Duffy accepts the distributor's check and sees that the charges against Archie are dropped. Archie later tells Duffy that he is retiring because of his personal "maggotism" with Betty Hutton.

Cast

Bing Crosby

Betty Hutton

Paulette Goddard

Alan Ladd

Dorothy Lamour

Eddie Bracken

Brian Donlevy

Sonny Tufts

Veronica Lake

Arturo De Córdova

Barry Fitzgerald

Bing Crosby's father

Cass Daley

Diana Lynn

Victor Moore

Michael O'Malley

Marjorie Reynolds

Peggy O'Malley

Barry Sullivan

Danny Murphy

Ed Gardner

Archie, himself

Charles Cantor

[Clifton] Finnegan

Eddie Green

Eddie

Ann Thomas

Miss Duffy

Robert Benchley

William Demarest

Howard Da Silva

Heavy, himself

Billy Dewolfe

Doctor

Walter Abel

Director

Johnny Coy

Dancer/waiter

Miriam Franklin

Dancer

Charles Quigley

Ronald

Olga San Juan

Gloria, herself

Robert Watson

Masseur

Gary Crosby

Phillip Crosby

Dennis Crosby

Lin Crosby

William Bendix

James Brown

Joan Caulfield

Gail Russell

Helen Walker

Jean Heather

Maurice Rocco

Piano specialty

Eddie Hall

Waiter

Jack Lambert

Waiter

Bill Murphy

Waiter

Raymond Nash

Waiter

Billy Jones

Waiter

Frank Wayne

Waiter

George Turner

Waiter

Stephen Wayne

Waiter

Len Hendry

Waiter

John Indrisano

Waiter

Fred Steele

Waiter

Al Murphy

Waiter

Buck Harrington

Customer

Phil Dunham

Customer

Frank Faylen

Customer

Harry Tyler

Man in bookie joint

Audrey Young

Telephone operator

Grace Gillern

Telephone operator

Roberta Jonay

Telephone operator

Matt Mchugh

Man following Miss Duffy

George Carleton

Mr. Richardson

Addison Richards

Mr. Smith, O.P.A.

Charles Cane

Cop with Smith

Charles B. Williams

Mr. Smith's assistant

Lester Dorr

Painter

Charles Sullivan

Painter

Kernan Cripps

Regan's assistant

Davison Clark

Guard

George Mckay

Regan

Tony Hughes

Manager of Green Star Shipping

Eddie Kane

Bartender

Theodore Rand

Stagehand

Jimmie Dundee

Waiter, Heavy

Emmett Vogan

Make-up man

Eddie Laughton

Props man

Cyril Ring

Gaffer

James Millican

Assistant director

Jerry Maren

Midget

Crane Whitley

Plainclothesman

Betty Farrington

Woman with baby

Ray Turner

Hotel porter

Charles Mayon

Stork

Julie Gibson

Nurse

Catherine Craig

Nurse

James Flavin

Cop

Bill Edwards

Soda fountain clerk

Frances Morris

Woman who screams

Albert Ruiz

Station master/soda clerk

Valmere Barman

Girl at soda fountain

Noel Neill

School child

Beverly Thompson

School child

Audrey Korn

School child

Barney Dean

Film Details

Also Known As
Ed Gardner's Duffy's Tavern
Release Date
Sep 28, 1945
Premiere Information
New York opening: 5 Sep 1945; Los Angeles opening: 13 Sep 1945
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the radio series Duffy's Tavern created by Ed Gardner (1 Mar 1941--1959).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,928ft

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

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.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall September 28, 1945

Bob Hope had a guest appearance.

Released in United States Fall September 28, 1945