Film Comedy Highlights Upper Darby Bars Where Everybody Knows You’re Delco

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Photo courtesy Greg Lingo. Upper Darby bar Callahan’s Tavern. (Google Maps) Right: Actors Bruce Dern (left) and Jeremy Piven (right) consult with director Paolo Pilladi.

Two Upper Darby bars will be featured in a new Delco film comedy by Main Line real estate developer Greg Lingo that wraps up filming this week, writes Victor Fiorillo for Philadelphia Magazine.

“Crabs in a Bucket” is set in the fictional town of Darby Heights, focusing on Callahan’s Tavern. It is based on Callahn’s Tavern on West Chester Pike in Upper Darby. A second Upper Darby bar, Cawley’s, is also featured.

In the story, a wealthy Delco-bred real estate developer comes home and must decide whether to raze Callahan’s Tavern for a more profitable real estate venture or keep the watering hole and the character of the neighborhood intact.

“About twelve years ago, I decided to start writing about all these funny people that I grew up around and met in Delco and all of the crazy Delco stories,” said Lingo, a Wayne resident and 1990 Upper Darby High grad, who is president of Rockwell Custom in Media.

The cast includes Bruce Dern, Orange Is the New Black ‘s Taryn Manning, Upper Darby native Jamie Kennedy, and Entourage star Jeremy Piven,

This Delco film is set for release by festival season in the spring.

Read more about this Upper Darby film here.

This post first ran in October 2019.

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