Archie Writes An Opera (Aired February 16, 1951)
Early in the show's life, however, its name was changed — first to Duffy's and, for four episodes, Duffy's Variety. A staffer for Bristol-Myers -- whose Ipana toothpaste was the show's early sponsor—persuaded the company's publicity director to demand the name change because the original title promoted "the hobby of drinking" too much for certain sensibilities. Bristol-Myers eventually admitted the staffer had little to go on other than a handful of protesting letters, and to the delight of fans who never stopped using the original name, anyway — the original title was restored permanently. The name change was often subverted by the Armed Forces Radio Network. When the AFRN rebroadcast those episodes for U.S. servicemen during World War II, the announcer referred to Duffy's Tavern. Radio's Duffy's Tavern didn't translate well to film or television.
February 16, 1951. NBC network origination, Nostalgia Broadcasting Corporation syndication. "Archie Writes An Opera"
. Commercials added locally. The program was recorded in Puerto Rico on January 27, 1951. Rimsky-Archikov, the famous composer, is writing an opera called, "The Two Barbers Of Seville." Don't miss the line, "Where's there's Seville, there's Sevay!" Ed Gardner (performer, director), Bert Gordon, Hazel Shermet (as "Miss Duffy"), John Cleary (producer), Cesar Concepcion (music director), Larry Rhine (writer), Al Johansen (writer), Harwood Hull (announcer), Sid Raymond (as "Finnegan"), Isabel Randolph, Catherine Randolph). 26:07. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.