An Accountant Looks Over Books (Aired April 27, 1951)
Duffy's Tavern, an American radio situation comedy (CBS, 1941-1942; NBC-Blue Network, 1942-1944; NBC, 1944-1952), often featured top-name stage and film guest stars but always hooked those around the misadventures, get-rich-quick-scheming, and romantic missteps of the title establishment's malaprop-prone, metaphor-mixing manager, Archie, played by the writer/actor who co-created the show, Ed Gardner. In the show's familiar opening, "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," either solo on an old-sounding piano or by a larger orchestra, was interrupted by the ring of a telephone and Gardner's New Yorkese accent as he answered, "Duffy's Tavern, where the elite meet to eat. Archie the manager speakin'. Duffy ain't here — oh, hello, Duffy."
April 27, 1951. "An Accountant Looks Over Books"
- NBC network. Sponsored by: RCA Victor, Chesterfield, Anacin. When the Tavern's books don't balance, Archie tries to "Take It Or Leave It" with guest Phil Baker. Phil plays, "The Tennessee Waltz" on his accordion. The system cue has been deleted. Ed Gardner, Hazel Shermet, Phil Baker, Bert Gordon, Bing Crosby (commercial spokesman), Bob Hope (commercial spokesman). 29:32. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.