Hush My Mouse (1946)

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Take-off on the "Duffy's Tavern" radio program, with tough-guy Eddie G. Robincat demanding a meal of mouse knuckles, "of which we ain't got none," waiter Filligan informs his absentee boss ... See full summary »


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13 January 2008 | horn-5
The concept and premise worked well for those who knew the radio program.
Strictly a parody of Ed Gardner's long-running radio program "Duffy's Tavern." ("Tuffy's Tavern" in the cartoon.) Duffy's Tavern was a low-rent dive in Brooklyn with lousy food and horrible service but good booze. It was owned by Duffy, who never set foot in the place but did call Archie, the manager (called Artie in the cartoon,) on the telephone every few hours to check on how bad business was...and it was usually real bad. These calls were also all one-way conversations with Archie supplying all the dialogue so Duffy was also never heard on the show. Shirley Booth(the wife of Ed Gardener when the program began) played Duffy's man-chasing daughter, Miss Duffy as she was called by Archie. Other regulars included Clifton Finnegan (played by vaudevillian Charlie Canton), a highly-stupid customer who began every remark with...."Duh." (Finnegan and Cantor are long dead but the world is over-run with reincarnations of the character.) The replacement character in the cartoon was "Fillegan the Waiter" who went to the kitchen in "soich' of mouse-knuckles. Eddie Green (who later played "Stonewall the Lawyer" on "Amos and Andy" played Eddie Green the waiter on the radio program. If the IMDb ever covers radio than---actor-shares-first (and last)-name -with-character...would be a keyword. And Alan Reed played "Clancy the Cop" who dropped in to visit Archie, who was never too busy---since he also served as the bartender and business was bad---to visit with anybody. Aside from having one the best known introductions in radio----telephone ringing-and-answered with "Duffy's Tavern, where the elite meet to eat. Archie the manager speakin', Duffy ain't here ---oh, hello, Duffy", Ed Gardner's Archie had his own grasp of the Kings' English (Brooklyn version), which included saying "...wit good management, dis place could show a nice overhead" and getting "...da mucous of an idea"...and possessing plenty of "poi-sonal maggotism." The radio program ran from 1940 through mid-1951. Warner's reissued this cartoon in 1952.


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4 May 1946



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