Nature’s Revenge on Peeping Toms

The pejorative nickname of Ms. Duffy (Pattee Chapman), the unmarried (but desperate to be married) daughter of the proprietor of a New York City neighborhood tavern on the situation comedy DUFFY’S TAVERN/NBC/1954.


Ms. Duffy was the eyes and ears of her father’s, low-rent tavern on NYC Third Avenue. Duffy, who was never seen, communicated via the telephone.

“Hello, Duffy’s Tavern, where the elite meet to eat. Archie the manager speakin’. Duffy ain’t here”

Whenever things got hinky at the place, Duffy’s daughter was on the phone tattling on Archie, the bartender (Ed Gardner) and partner in the business. “Pap will beat you up and fire you” was her retort to Archie when he got out of hand.

  • On episode #1 “Grand Opening, Archie drops one of Miss Duffy’s rings into the chicken fricassee.
  • On episode #19 “Midd Duffy’s Coming Out Party,” Nobody wants to take Miss Duffy to her coming out party and so Archie is forced to go to an escort service.

Note: The character is based on the successful radio program of the same name that aired on several networks (CBS, 1941–1942; NBC-Blue Network, 1942–1944; NBC, 1944–1951).

See also“The Peeper”


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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