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Duffy’s Tavern

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 5, 2004

    Long-running radio show starring Ed Gardner that took place in, naturally, a tavern, where Duffy himself never put in an appearance.

    The characters from Duffy’s Tavern were spoofed in Hush My Mouse (Jones, 1945), in one of the many examples of borrowing from radio in cartoons. Archie, the Manager, is accurately spoofed down to the malapropisms, as is the character of the half-wit Clifton Finnegan, played by Charlie Cantor on radio. One of the motifs of the program was a visit from a star playing himself, hence the appearance by the Edward G. Robinson-type character. “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” was the theme song of the show, and it is used here too, as is the famous opening with Archie speaking on the phone.

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