CTVA US Comedy - "Duffy's Tavern" (Hal Roach Studios)(1954) starring Ed Gardner

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Duffy's Tavern (1954)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
contributions by:
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DUFFY'S TAVERN
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Filmed at Hal Roach Studios Inc., Culver City
by Motion Pictures for Television
for First-Run Syndication
Produced by Hal Roach Jr.
Based on the radio program of the same name
Syndicated in 1954 and sold to Guild Films, New York in 1956.
US Comedy series 1954  39 episodes x 30 min mainly bw/some color
starring
Ed Gardner as Archie
Alan Reed as Charlie Finnegan
Patte Chapman as Miss Duffy, Duffy's daughter
Jimmy Conlin as Charley
William Fawcett as Clayton
Veda Ann Borg as Peaches La Tour (recurring)
James Burke as Clancy (recurring)

Premise:
Comedy set in a bar-restaurant on New York's Third Avenue and the types
who congregate therein. Duffy, the owner is never seen.

Background:
Per an article in the 16Apr54 TV Guide, Ed Gardner said they had completed
26 episodes and were going to film 13 more for a total of "39"

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 Syndicated Program

1.1 [--] Duffy's Tavern: GRAND OPENING
Hal Roach Studios Inc. (copyright date 06Jan54; reg. no. LP4487)
Synopsis:
There are no customers on hand for the grand opening of the Tavern
because there's a gambling joint next door and all the habitues gather
there until Archie drops one of Miss Duffy's rings into the chicken
fricassee. [JB]
(Synd: 19Sep54 Chicago)

1.2 [--] Duffy's Tavern: THE GYPSY PRINCESS
Synopsis:
When Archie fails to obtain the services of a real gypsy fortuneteller
to entertain the ladies of the Lord Byron Literary Society, he dresses
Finnegan as a gypsy. [JB]
(Synd: 05Jul54 NYC)

1.3 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE GETS ENGAGED
Guest cast:
Barbara Morrison ... Mrs. Van Clyde
Veda Ann Borg ...... Peaches La Tour (recurring)
Synopsis:
After being rejected by his girlfriend Peaches La Tour, Archie accepts
the proposal of rich dowager, Mrs. Van Clyde, who opens a charge
account for him at an exclusive department store where Archie buys
gifts to help win Peaches back. However, the widow will not make her
decision until she consults her three dead husbands. [JB]
(Synd: 28Apr54 Philadelphia)

1.4 [--] Duffy's Tavern: HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY
Synopsis:
Threatened by "Sweet Sue," a gangster to who he owes $40 gambling debt,
Archie decides to marry a rich member of the Lonely Hearts Club. [JB]
(Synd: 12May54 Philadelphia)

1.5 [--] Duffy's Tavern: A DATE FOR MISS DUFFY
Hal Roach Studios Inc. (copyright date 20Jan54; reg no. LP4488)
15May54 Columbus, OH
Guest cast:
Benny Rubin ........ Prince Igor

DATE FOR MISS DUFFY [ verified -RL]
Written by Larry Rhine and Ben Starr
Directed by Harve Foster
Guest cast
Thurston Hall ........ Mr. Fletcher
Frances Bavier ....... Mrs. Fletcher
Larry Dobkin ......... Egghead
Herb Vigran .......... Second Story
Art Lewis ............ Pomeroy
Dick Ryan ............ Summers
Dick Rich ............ Cop
Synopsis:
Archie palms Miss Duffy off as an heiress to Egghead Anderson, an old
schoolmate of Archie's who has become an oil millionaire. [JB]


1.6 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE THE HERO
Guest Cast:
Veda Ann Borg ...... Peaches La Tour (recurring)
Synopsis:
Archie misunderstands his doctor and believes he only had three days to live.
He decides to perform some heroic act to ingratiate himself with Peaches. [JB]
(Synd: 04Aug54 Philadelphia)

1.7 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE, THE HYPNOTIST
Synopsis:
Archie gets his first vacation in seven years by demanding three days
off from Duffy while under the hypnotic spell of Danzo, the hypnotist.
As a replacement he hires a disheveled character who appears to be
too dumb for Archie to worry about competition. [JB]
(Synd: 07Aug54 Dayton, OH)

1.8 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE'S ROOMMATE
Synopsis:
In an attempt to raise money to take Peaches La Tour to the El Morocco,
Archie takes in a roommate, Prince Mike Romanoff. Complications arise
when the Prince refuses to pay his rent in advance. [JB]
(Synd: 21Aug54 Columbus, OH)

1.9 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE, THE FATHER
Synopsis:
Finnegan enters the tavern and presents Archie with a wicker basket
containing a baby that he just discovered abandoned in from of the
tavern. [JB]
21Aug54 Dayton, OH

1.10 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE'S LANDMARK
Synopsis:
With the building supervisors poised to make an inspection of the
tavern, Archie is forced to stimulate business in order to raise cash
for the needed repairs before the inspector appraises the building. [JB]
(Synd: 15Oct54 Columbus, OH)

1.11 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE'S NEWSPAPER
Synopsis:
Archie tries to counteract Grogan's matchbook cover advertising
campaign. [JB]
(Synd: 22May55 Hamilton, Ontario)

1.12 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE BUYS A DOG
Synopsis:
Archie is in trouble when he spends the tavern's last $19.74 on a
worthless pooch. [JB]
(Synd; 12Jun55 Seattle, WA)

1.13 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE'S DOUBLE DATE
Guest cast:
Elvia Allman
Synopsis:
Archie and his pal Finnegan go out on a double date. Guess who gets
to escort the horrible Hannah? [JB]
(Synd: 09Dec55 NYC)

1.14 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE'S SINGING CONTEST
Hal Roach Studios Inc. (c) 1954 Copyright
Source:
Falcon Picture Group DVD – Catalog # 2005 – “1950s TV’s Greatest Comedies” [RBH]
Produced by Hal Roach, Jr.
Teleplay by Larry Rhine & Ben Starr
Directed by Harve Foster
Regular Cast:
Ed Gardner ............ Archie
Alan Reed ............. Finnegan
Pattee Chapman ........ Miss Duffy
Jimmy Conlin .......... Charlie
Guest Cast;
Mary Beth Hughes ...... Daphne
Fritz Feld ............ Yasha
Aileen Carlyle ........ Bertha
Lizz Slifer ........... Mrs. Piddleton
Kathryn Sheldon ........ Mrs. Clauber
Synopsis 1:
Archie makes the mistake of selecting Finnegan as the sole judge of
a singing contest. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
In an attempt to woo the beautiful actress Daphne Drake,
Archie stages a phony singing contest at the tavern with disastrous
results. [RBH]
Synopsis 3:
Archie falls in love with an actress. [JB]
(Synd: 28Jan55 Los Angeles)
(Synd: 23Apr56 Plattsburgh, NY)

1.15 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE SELLS THE TAVERN
Synopsis:
Archies offer to sell Duffy's Tavern bring two eager purchasers, a
crusty old sea captain and a hot-tempered Mexican who try to out
bid each other for the ownership of the place. [JB]
(Synd: 24Jun56 Los Angeles)

1.16 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE AND THE GENIAL HOST
Synopsis:
Archie passes out free food and drink as part of his campaign to be
elected the most popular bartender on Third Avenue. [JB]
(Synd: 10Aug57 Chicago)

1.17 [--] Duffy's Tavern: GEMS FROM THE DIAMOND COUNTRY
Synopsis:
Finnegan inherits a hundred gems from the diamond country. Archie
thinks he can use them to pay off a card debt. [JB]
(Synd: 10Aug57 Chicago)

1.18 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE BUYS A RACEHORSE
Guest Cast:
Jesse White.
Synopsis:
Archie and his old pal Slip go halves on a racehorse. [JB]
(Synd: 13Dec57 Manchester, NH)

1.19 [--] Duffy's Tavern: MIDD DUFFY'S COMING OUT PARTY
Synopsis:
After all the inhabits of the tavern have refused to escort Miss Duffy
to her coming out party, Archie is forced to go to an escort bureau. [JB]
(Synd: 12Aug57 Chicago)

1.20 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE FACES MARRIAGE
Guest cast:
Lola Albright
Sarah Padden ....... Mrs. Magruder
Synopsis:
A girl talks Archie into marrying her in order to keep him from
becoming suspicious when she rents the back room of the tavern to
print "greeting cards." [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Archie almost gets married to a counterfeiter. [RF]
(Synd: 13Aug57 Chicago)

1.21 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE'S PUBLICITY STUNT
Synopsis:
When the newspapers play up the story of the pearl that was found in
an oyster dinner at Grogan's, Archie realizes that Duffy's needs
publicity to counteract the competition's claim. [JB]
(Synd: 08Feb56 Kansas City, MO)

1.22 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE'S FLOOR SHOW
Synopsis:
Archie tries to steal a star from another tavern for his floor show. [JB]
(Synd: 20Mar59 Oklahoma City, OK)

1.23 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE, THE POLITICIAN
Guest Cast:
Veda Ann Borg ...... Peaches La Tour (recurring)
Synopsis:
Archie decides to run for City Alderman. [JB]
(Synd: 21Mar59 Oklahoma City, OK)

1.24 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE, THE CHEF
Guest cast:
Maurice Marsac ..... Pierre
Synopsis 1:
Archie's new French chef attracts high-class trade to Duffy's Tavern.
When a wealthy young miss becomes enamored of the food, Archie decides
she'd love him, too-if he passed himself off as the chef. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
To impress a rich girl, Archie pretends to be his own French chef. [RF]
(Synd: 20Sep57 Chicago, IL)

1.25 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE'S YACHT
Guest Cast:
Joyce Holden
Archie inherits a yacht from his aunt and joins a yacht club it learn the
ways of the social set. [JB]
(Synd: 25Feb55)
(Synd: 01Apr58 Atlanta, GA)

1.26 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE'S INSURANCE COMPANY
Guest cast:
John Harmon
Synopsis:
Archie’s first customer in his new insurance business is a crook. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Archie goes into the insurance business and his first customer (John Harmon)
is a crook marked for death. [RF]
(Synd: 02Mar59 Green Bay, WI)

1.27 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE THE BLUEBEARD
Guest Cast:
Rene Godfrey ....... Renee
Charlita ........... Chiquita
Synopsis 1:
Archie dates a Spanish singer and a French model. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Dating two girls at the same time gets Archie into trouble. [RF]
(Synd: 31Mar58 Atlanta, GA)

1.28 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE THE AMBASSADOR
Synopsis:
A man promises to make Archie the ambassador to a romantic foreign land.[JB]
(Synd: 03Apr58 Atlanta, GA)

1.29 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE THE EX-COWARD
Guest cast:
Mike Mazurki ....... McGurk
Jimmy Conlin ....... Charley (recurring)
James Burke ........ Clancy (recurring)
Synopsis:
Archie finds himself in the right ring when promoter Finnegan arranges
a bout with a professional boxer. Archie’s strong enough, he just knocked
out two burglars. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
After Archie KOs two burglars, he decides to take on a professional boxer. [RF]
(Synd: 22Feb56 Kansas City, MO)
(Synd: 08Apr59 Los Angeles, CA)

1.30 [--] Duffy's Tavern: ARCHIE BUYS A FIDDLE
Synopsis:
Archie tries in vain to sell the $15 violin he was sold as a Stradivarius.
But no one seems as gullible as Archie has been. [JB]
(Synd: 07Jun57 Manchester, NH)
(Synd: 01Feb58 Los Angeles, CA)

1.31 [--] Duffy's Tavern: THE HEIR
Guest cast:
Pierre Watkins ..... Fenston
Kathryn Gard ....... Mrs. Fenston
Synopsis 1:
Archie pretends he is the long-lost heir to a huge estate. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Archie thinks he can outsmart a very social family by pretending to
be the long-lost heir to their estate. [JB]
Synopsis 3:
Pretending to be a long-lost heir almost gets Archie poisoned. [RF]
(Synd: 17Jan55 Los Angeles)
(Synd: 24Aug57 Chicago, IL)

1.32 [--] Duffy's Tavern: DAMAGE SUIT
Synopsis 1:
Archie announces that he wants to become a lawyer and wants a suit to
show off his legalistic talents. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Archie would like to become a lawyer, if only someone would like to
bring suit. [JB]
(Synd: 11Jan55 Los Angeles)
(Synd: 19Dec56 Chicago, IL)

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1.33 [--] Duffy's Tavern: (unidentified episode)
Synopsis:
When Clancy warns Archie about fights in the tavern, Archie tries his
hardest, but alas, in vain, to keep the peace. [JB]
(Synd: 07Jun54 NYC)

1.34 [--] Duffy's Tavern: WEDDING IN THE TAVERN (wga)
Synopsis:
Mr. Kolchak arranges for a wedding banquet but Archie arranges tropical fever
for himself in order to sneak his tuxedo out of his rooming house. [JB]
(Synd: 28Jun54 NYC)

1.35 [--] Duffy's Tavern: (unidentified episode)
Synopsis:
Archie has unexpected results when he starts a boys club to impress
the sister of one of the neighborhood's more troublesome youths. [JB]
(Synd: 04Jan56 Kansas City, MO)

1.36 [--] Duffy's Tavern: (unidentified episode)
Guest cast:
Joseph Vitali ...... Sam
James Burke ........ Clancy (recurring)
Jimmy Conlin ....... Charley (recurring)
Synopsis:
Mistaken identity almost causes a bank robbery. [RF]

1.37 [--] Duffy's Tavern: (unidentified episode)
Guest cast:
Veda Ann Borg ....... Peaches La Tour (recurring)
Jimmy Conlin ....... Charley (recurring)
Synopsis:
Archie decides to earn a little easy cash on a quiz program. [RF]

1.38 [--] Duffy's Tavern: (unidentified episode)
Guest cast:
Fortunio Bonanova .. Coloucci
James Burke ........ Clancy (recurring)
Jimmy Conlin ....... Charley (recurring)
Synopsis:
Finnegan's inheritance saves Archie from his creditors. [RF]
 
Note:
In an article in the 16Apr54 TV Guide, Ed Gardner said they had completed
26 episodes and were going to film 13 more for a total of “39”

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