6.5/10
136
5 user 2 critic

Duffy's Tavern (1945)

The staff of a record factory drown their sorrows at Duffy's Tavern, while the company owner faces threats of bankruptcy.

Director:

Hal Walker

Writers:

Melvin Frank (screenplay), Norman Panama (screenplay) | 7 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Variety Girl (1947)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (show-business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Mary Hatcher, Olga San Juan, DeForest Kelley
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The singing/dancing Angel sisters, Nancy (Dorothy Lamour), Bobby (Betty Hutton), Josie (Diana Lynn) and Patti (Mimi Chandler), aren't interested in performing together, and this plays havoc... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Dorothy Lamour, Fred MacMurray, Betty Hutton
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After struggling to become a success, Betty Miller and her all-girl orchestra finally hit pay dirt when crooner Herbie Fenton comes on board. Problems arise when Betty and her girls try to ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Walker
Stars: Eddie Bracken, Veronica Lake, Diana Lynn
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A millionaire joins the Navy hoping to find a girl who'll marry him for himself, not for his money. A beautiful gold-digger who works at a resort hotel sets out to get him.

Director: Sidney Lanfield
Stars: Veronica Lake, Sonny Tufts, Eddie Bracken
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Paramount Studios security guard who was a major actor during the silent film era must carry out the illusion that he is still a big deal when his sailor son comes to visit.

Directors: George Marshall, A. Edward Sutherland
Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Fred MacMurray
Saigon (1948)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After WW2, two army buddies, one of them terminally-ill, embark on a series of adventures in South-East Asia and run across a dangerous criminal and his pretty secretary.

Director: Leslie Fenton
Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Douglas Dick
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A student nurse falls in love with a young intern in 1910 Baltimore, but tragedy ensues when he contracts a fatal disease.

Director: John Berry
Stars: Veronica Lake, Sonny Tufts, Joan Caulfield
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A beautiful Austrian refugee in England--who is also a Nazi agent--marries a scholarly English pacifist. He lives near a secret military base she needs to get information about so she can help in Hitler's planned invasion of England.

Director: Frank Tuttle
Stars: Franchot Tone, Veronica Lake, John Sutton
Certificate: 14 Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A kleptomaniac falls in love with a woman who is member of a gang of jewel thieves, initially unaware of her true occupation.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Eddie Bracken, Veronica Lake, Albert Dekker
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Girl loses beauty contest, becomes a fortune teller.

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Ray Milland, Paulette Goddard, Gladys George
Certificate: 18 Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A group of "spies" is after the plans for an anti-aircraft gun, and the leader uses the opportunity to embroil the Lone Wolf in the plot. Trying to settle an old score, this shady character... See full summary »

Director: Peter Godfrey
Stars: Warren William, Ida Lupino, Rita Hayworth
Comedy | Horror | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A party is thrown at a haunted mansion, people start to die, and a man who spent a night in the "blue room" disappears.

Director: Leslie Goodwins
Stars: Anne Gwynne, Donald Cook, John Litel
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Gardner ... Archie
Bing Crosby ... Bing Crosby
Betty Hutton ... Betty Hutton
Paulette Goddard ... Paulette Goddard
Alan Ladd ... Alan Ladd
Dorothy Lamour ... Dorothy Lamour
Eddie Bracken ... Eddie Bracken
Brian Donlevy ... Brian Donlevy
Sonny Tufts ... Sonny Tufts
Veronica Lake ... Veronica Lake
Arturo de Córdova ... Arturo de Cordova
Barry Fitzgerald ... Bing Crosby's Father
Cass Daley ... Cass Daley
Diana Lynn ... Diana Lynn
Victor Moore ... Michael O'Malley
Edit

Storyline

The staff of a record factory drown their sorrows at Duffy's Tavern, while the company owner faces threats of bankruptcy.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Biggest Star Party in Hollywood History See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Taverna de Duffy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Quotes

Tough Guy: C'mon finish your drink and let's get out of here.
Veronica Lake: No!
Tough Guy: [he slaps her] I said finish your drink and let's get out of here.
Veronica Lake: I said no.
[he slaps her again]
Alan Ladd: [comes over to their table] Did I see you slap that young lady?
Veronica Lake: Yes you did, and I'm not going home
[Tough Guy slaps her again]
Alan Ladd: [stubbing out his cigarette] Let me see you do that again.
[Tough Guy slaps]
[...]
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Swing Shift Cinderella (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
(uncredited)
Music by Ernest Ball
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
For fans of Old Time Radio and Hollywood in the 40's
7 June 2006 | by jennyp-2See all my reviews

"Hello - Duffy's Tavern where the elite meet to eat, Archie the manager speakin', Duffy ain't here. – Oh, hello Duffy." This greeting, preceded by "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" played on a tinny piano, announced to millions of radio listeners that it was time for DUFFY'S TAVERN. Fans of this popular program knew they were in store for laughs, big-name guest stars, sometimes a little music and always their favorite characters holding forth at the New York dive headed by Archie himself. Ed Gardner, a former piano player, salesman, talent agent and radio director (in that order) created the program and cast himself in the lead when he couldn't find an actor that spoke "New York bartender" as well as he did. The series ran from 1941-1952, premiering on the CBS Radio Network and later moving to NBC. Each episode opened with the proprietor Duffy, who never appeared, phoning his manager and setting up the action that would follow in the next half hour. Archie was known for insulting his guest stars and his Damon Runyanesque speech. (In fact Abe Burrows, co-writer with Runyon of GUYS AND DOLLS, got his start on DUFFY'S TAVERN.) Regulars included Eddie Green as the wise-cracking Eddie the waiter and Charles Cantor as the intellectually-challenged Finnegan. Gardner's wife Shirley Booth originated the role of Miss Duffy, the ditzy, man-hungry daughter of the owner. At least a dozen other actresses played the role during the series 11 year run. Though DUFFY'S TAVERN made the transition to television in 1954, it only lasted for one season. The program inspired future TV shows with a friendly neighborhood bar as the setting, most notably Jackie Gleason's "Joe the Bartender" sketches with Crazy Googenheim (Frank Fontaine) filling in for Finnegan, ARCHIE BUNKER'S PLACE, and the 1980's sitcom CHEERS. Lucky for us, at least 100 episodes of the radio series survive and are available on cassette and MP3.

Attempting to duplicate the success of other radio programs that made the transition to the big screen (FIBBER MCGEE & MOLLY, THE GREAT GILDERSLEEVE, HENRY ALDRICH, etc.), studio executives at both MGM and Paramount set their sites on Duffy's for their next radio crossover picture. Paramount's proposal of a "stars-go-all-out-for-the-war-effort" variety film in the vein of Hollywood CANTEEN and THANK YOUR LUCK STARS caught Gardner's fancy. And so it was that contract players Bing Crosby, Betty Hutton, Eddie Bracken, Robert Benchley and more than two dozen others were signed up for cameos while the radio actors (save for Broadway actress Ann Thomas as a new Miss Duffy) reprised their familiar roles.

The story is a pretty basic "let's put on a show to save the __________." Unbeknownst to his boss Duffy, soft-hearted Archie has been providing out-of-work veterans with free meals and spirits. The servicemen had worked at a phonograph record company owned by Archie's pal Michael O'Malley (Victor Moore) before the war. The factory was forced to close because of a war time shortage of shellac and the bank turned down a loan to O'Malley to reopen the plant. O'Malley's daughter Peggy (Marjorie Reynolds) works as a switchboard operator at a hotel where a number of celebrities are staying. In due course the stars are persuaded to help raise funds to reopen the plant by performing at a block party hosted by our favorite barkeep. There are some yucks along the way, a little romance between Peggy and soldier Danny Murphy (Barry Nelson) and plenty of entertainment at the big show.

Betty Hutton is a tornado of energy performing "Doin' it the Hard Way" and Cass Daly, the gangly gal with the overbite, sings a rousing number, "You Can't Blame a Gal for Trying." Bing and Betty parody the Oscar winning song "Swinging on a Star" from Paramount's 1944 hit GOING MY WAY and Bing shares a scene with his four young sons Gary, Lin and twins Phillip and Dennis.

Variety posted a mixed review, finding the translation of weekly audio program to celluloid "stale," but they praised the vaudeville portion of the film. Eddie Bracken was singled out for "….playing the double role of a cowboy here, taking successively a beating by a bandit mob, a water dunking and some pies in his face, all constituting a nostalgic throwback to the good old Mack Sennett days and as hilarious a sequence as one will find in any film-comedy."

Admittedly, DUFFY'S TAVERN may not hold up well with most present-day viewers who haven't known the wonder of old-time radio and have little or no knowledge of Betty Hutton and Bing Crosby, let alone Cass Daley. Fans of movies from the 40's and Olt-Time radio buffs however, should find DUFFY'S TAVERN an elite place to meet many of their favorite old stars and have a great deal of fun along the way.


23 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed