All in the Family (1971–1979)
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Archie in the Cellar 

When the rest of the family is away for the weekend, Archie accidentally locks himself in the basement, and has only a tape recorder and a bottle of vodka to keep him entertained.

Directors:

Bob LaHendro, John Rich

Writers:

Norman Lear (developed by), Don Nicholl | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Carroll O'Connor ... Archie Bunker
Jean Stapleton ... Edith Bunker
Rob Reiner ... Michael 'Meathead' Stivic
Sally Struthers ... Gloria Bunker-Stivic
Betty Garrett ... Irene Lorenzo
Juan DeCarlos Juan DeCarlos ... Oil Man
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Storyline

The family goes away for the weekend leaving Archie alone in the house by himself. He waves off Irene's instructions about the broken lock on the cellar door and ends up getting himself stuck down there. Alone with only a tape recorder and a bottle of Vodka to keep him company, he records his last will and testament as the ghosts of his loved ones appear and give their opinions of him. A man to the cellar comes to help him. Archie, who is drunk, thinks it is the voice of God who has come to take him home. When the man gets the door open, Archie is shocked when he sees a black man. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchair-cinema@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1973 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tandem Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The uncredited voice on the tape recording of the heretofore talked about, but unseen, character Stretch Cunningham is performed by Billy Sands, who had occasionally played bit parts on the series. When an actual appearance by the character was required in a later season, however, he was played by lanky character actor James Cromwell - perhaps because no one would have nicknamed the diminutive Sands "Stretch." See more »

Quotes

Archie Bunker: 100 proof. Boy, that's a blanket in a bottle.
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