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Duffy's Tavern Cast: Cast of radio's "Duffy's Tavern." Pictured from left to right: Sandra Gould ("Miss Duffy"), Eddie Green ("Eddie the Waiter"), Charles Carton ("Finnegan"), Ed Gardener ("Archie").
Situation Comedy (1940 - 52)

Duffy's Tavern was first heard in 1940 and became a regular feature. It was hailed from the start by critics and whole neighborhoods of working-class listeners alike…a duo that doesn't often see eye-to-eye!

Duffy's TavernDuffy's Tavern was a place on Third Avenue and 23rd St. in New York City, where the "elite meet to eat, Duffy ain't here, Archie the Manager speakin'…" Anyone who loved old time radio probably knows that phone patter by heart! Ed Gardner played Archie, the manager of Duffy's Tavern, and he was as "real" sounding as any character on radio, as he had grown up in the Big Apple. His use and abuse of language was "exempulary" - the same type of local "parlese" that made The Damon Runyan Theater a favorite with New Yorkers everywhere. Gardner was a theatrical veteran, whose wife, Shirley Booth, well-known stage and screen actress, began on the show with him.

Life with Luigi used a letter to Mama to start the show. Archie would always seem to get a phone Shirly Booth and Ed Gardnercall at the beginning of each Duffy's Tavern broadcast. The show might be a star vehicle, or a situation comedy of errors, or just a semi-sweet story about a regular that could almost tug on the heartstrings. Stars dropping in made sense, as Duffy's Tavern was in New York City, even if a little south and east of Broadway. Audience and music were used, but an intimate tavern atmosphere was always maintained. Archie was ever the understanding host in Duffy's absence.

Regulars on the show included Duffy's slightly feather-brained daughter, Miss Duffy, first played by Shirley Booth, and later a host of youngsters. Clifton Finnegan, the classic barstool jockey, was played by Charlie Cantor. Also featured were Eddie the waiter (Eddie Green) and Clancy the cop (Alan Reed.) You never knew who might drop by Duffy's for a quickie.

Duffys Tavern Radio ShowThere was Boris Karloff, Shelley Winters, Dinah Shore, Lucille Ball (radio's My Favorite Husband), Tito Guizar, Alan Ladd (of radio's Box 13), Mickey Rooney, Vincent Price (radio's The Saint), and believe it or not, even Marlene Dietrich. And lest we forget, Pierre the talking dog!

Great writing on the show was moonlighted by many of the top Broadway and TV veterans, including Abe Burrows, Larry Marks, Larry Gelbart, and Dick Martin - but Ed Gardner was final script editor. In fact, Gardner previously had radio director credits for several major old time radio shows, including Ripley's Believe It or Not, Burns and Allen, and the The Rudy Vallee Hour.

The show was done live in New York until 1949, when the sharp Gardner moved offshore for tax advantages, and the entire cast lived and worked in Puerto Rico recording the shows there! None of the estimated eight million listeners knew the difference, and, of course, now Duffy had a real excuse!

See also Dennis Day Show and for more missing protagonist comedy, see also: Wednesdays with You.

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Volume 1: 62 recordings - 30 hours

Duffys Tavern 400729 Forecast #6 The Audition Show
Duffys Tavern 430323 Never Bring Her Back Buck
Duffys Tavern 430615 The Lecture W Clifton Fadiman
Duffys Tavern 431019 Missing Salami Sandwich
Duffys Tavern 431026 Archies Life Story
Duffys Tavern 431102 Playing Poker Charles Coburn
Duffys Tavern 431109 Whos That Lucille Ball
Duffys Tavern 431207 Will Bing Crosby Buy In
Duffys Tavern 431214 Leave Us Face It W D Shore J D
Duffys Tavern 440104 Fred Allen (Eng Goof At Start)
Duffys Tavern 440125 Guests Deems Taylor & Paul Whiteman
Duffys Tavern 440201 Crackpot To Marry Billie Burke
Duffys Tavern 440222 Quiz Show Phil Baker
Duffys Tavern 440229 Turning The Tavern Into A Hotel (gracie Fields)
Duffys Tavern 440307 Tax Time Col Stoopnagle
Duffys Tavern 440314 Archie Writes A Play
Duffys Tavern 440321 Billie Burke
Duffys Tavern 440411 Carol Landis
Duffys Tavern 440425 BobCrosby & Dolores Hope
Duffys Tavern 440502 Archie To Find Date For D Day
Duffys Tavern 440509 Mens Fashion Lecture
Duffys Tavern 440523 A Uses Paul Lukas For Publicit
Duffys Tavern 440915 R Vallee Does Show From Tavern
Duffys Tavern 440922 Insurance For Finnegan
Duffys Tavern 441110 Party For Bob Graham W R Bench
Duffys Tavern 441222 Christmas Program W M Woolley
Duffys Tavern 450105 Archie Quits W Jinx Falkenberg
Duffys Tavern 450112 Archie Asks L Darnell To Ball
Duffys Tavern 450112 Archies Frankenstein W Boris
Duffys Tavern 450202 Guest Sonny Tufts
Duffys Tavern 450406 Finnegan Inherits Diamonds
Duffys Tavern 450427 Fish And Fantasy W J Garfield
Duffys Tavern 450508 Jinx Falkenberg
Duffys Tavern 450518 Archies Raise
Duffys Tavern 450928 Salami Where She Danced
Duffys Tavern 451015 Charles Cobern
Duffys Tavern 451109 Eddie Quits
Duffys Tavern 451116 Archie Hires Madam Zooma (sandra Gould)
Duffys Tavern 451200 Charles Coburn Plays Santa Claus
Duffys Tavern 451221 Archies Christmas Carol
Duffys Tavern 451228 Audit Trouble
Duffys Tavern 460104 Balancing The Books
Duffys Tavern 460111 Making A Movie
Duffys Tavern 460118 Archies Old Teacher Visits
Duffys Tavern 460125 Archie Hires Singer W Ricky Jo
Duffys Tavern 460201 Archies New Suit W Peggy Lee
Duffys Tavern 460208 Archie To Have Tonsils Out
Duffys Tavern 460308 Ed Gardner Returns
Duffys Tavern 460315 Archie Takes Up Gardening
Duffys Tavern 460412 Archie To Impress M Mcdonald
Duffys Tavern 460426 Fashion Show E Williams
Duffys Tavern 460503 Archie Fights World Hunger
Duffys Tavern 460510 Singing Dog
Duffys Tavern 460526 Rex Harrison
Duffys Tavern 461218 The Raffle W Joan Bennett
Duffys Tavern 470122 Mrs N Asks Jj Anthony For Advi
Duffys Tavern 470305 Archie Proposes To Wealthy Gir
Duffys Tavern 470528 Miss Duffys Coming Out Party (bert Gordon The Mad Russian)
Duffys Tavern 470528a Longer Coming Out Party
Duffys Tavern 470528b Better Coming Out Party
Duffys Tavern 471105 Rudy Vallee
Duffys Tavern 471203 Archies Girlfriend Loves Jean Sab

Ed Garner, Archie, host of Duffy's Tavern
Volume 2: 63 recordings - 29 hours - 23 minutes

Duffys Tavern 471224 Annual Christmas Skit
Duffys Tavern 480107 Accountant Looks Over Books
Duffys Tavern 480519 Archie Wants To Sue
Duffys Tavern 480526 Dream Girl (rex Harrison)
Duffys Tavern 481222 Christmas Stranger
Duffys Tavern 481223 Archie Is In Bad Spirits
Duffys Tavern 481229 Christmas Cards W Dorothy Shay
Duffys Tavern 490105 Archie Is Planning To Marry For Money (desi Arnaz)
Duffys Tavern 490209 Archie 3 Days To Live Aka Phi
Duffys Tavern 490216 Archies Yearbook
Duffys Tavern 490223 Patent On Electricity
Duffys Tavern 490302 Television Play W Mickey Roone
Duffys Tavern 490309 Television Play W Marlene Diet
Duffys Tavern 490316 The Bully W Sheldon Leonard
Duffys Tavern 490323 Archie Opens Account W $10
Duffys Tavern 490330 Durante & Sothern Act In Arch
Duffys Tavern 490406 Archie & Finnegan Double Date
Duffys Tavern 490413 Millionaire Bum J Everett Poi
Duffys Tavern 490420 Will Miss Duffy Marry W Cass D
Duffys Tavern 490427 Someones Getting Hitched
Duffys Tavern 490504 The Boys Play Poker (Charles Coburn)
Duffys Tavern 490511 Whistlin Sam W Chester Morris
Duffys Tavern 490518 Most Popular Bartender On 3rd
Duffys Tavern 490525 Ed Wynn Narrates Archies Opera
Duffys Tavern 490601 Archie Wants to Marry Rich Agatha Pitz
Duffys Tavern 500330 Tony Martin Pretends to Be Duffy
Duffys Tavern 500518 Hedda Hopper Plans a Party
Duffys Tavern 501110 Archie Asks Cedric Hardwicke Roommate
Duffys Tavern 501117 Archie's Nephew Visits
Duffys Tavern 501201 Latin Night at Duffy's (Bobby Capo)
Duffys Tavern 501208 Archie Wants to Sell the Tavern
Duffys Tavern 501215 Archie Wants Veronica Lake to Help Promote
Duffys Tavern 501222 Charles Colburn Plays Santa Claus
Duffys Tavern 501229 Archie Cuts Prices by Ten Percent to Fight Inflation
Duffys Tavern 510105 Archie Dates Joan Bennett
Duffys Tavern 510112 A Lady From Draft Board
Duffys Tavern 510119 Literary Society Meeting
Duffys Tavern 510216 Archie Goes To The Opera
Duffys Tavern 510223 Arthur Treacher Quits His Job (Maxie Rosenbloom)
Duffys Tavern 510316 Fashion Lecture W Arthur Treacher
Duffys Tavern 510323 Culture Comes To Duffys
Duffys Tavern 510330 Archie Throws Party W A Shaw
Duffys Tavern 510406 Singing Detective W Rudy Vallee
Duffys Tavern 510413 Veronica Lake Promote New Singer
Duffys Tavern 510420 Archie Wants To Be A Lion Tamer
Duffys Tavern 510427 Archies Books Dont Balance
Duffys Tavern 510504 Its Latin Night At Duffys
Duffys Tavern 511005 Party For Columnists
Duffys Tavern 511012 Party For Film Critics
Duffys Tavern 511019 Archies Nephew Morton Visits
Duffys Tavern 511026 Archie Helps Morton W Homework
Duffys Tavern 511102 Spanish Floor Show
Duffys Tavern 511109 Cultural Singing Contest
Duffys Tavern 511116 Deems Taylor Archie Writes Opera
Duffys Tavern 511123 Archie Opens A Tearoom
Duffys Tavern 511123 The 100000 Wedding Bells
Duffys Tavern 511130 Archie Inherits Half A Race Horse
Duffys Tavern 511207 Baby Is Left At Tavern
Duffys Tavern 511214 Archies Old Teacher Visits
Duffys Tavern 511221 Archie To But A Split Atom
Duffys Tavern 511228 Hawaiian Vacation Slogan Contest
Duffys Tavern Boris Karloff In A Play To Buy War Bonds
Duffys Tavern NBC Promo195x Duffy Big Show



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