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The Callahans and the Murphys
Director: George Hill (Dir)
Release Date:   18 Jun 1927
Duration (in feet):   6,126
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Marie Dressler (Mrs. Callahan)  
    Polly Moran (Mrs. Murphy)  
    Sally O'Neil (Ellen Callahan)  
    Lawrence Gray (Dan Murphy)  
    Eddie Gribbon (Jim Callahan)  
    Frank Currier (Grandpa Callahan)  
    Gertrude Olmsted (Monica Murphy)  
    Turner Savage (Timmy Callahan)  
    Jackie Coombs (Terrance Callahan)  
    Dawn O'Day (Mary Callahan)  
    Monty O'Grady (Michael Callahan)  
    Tom Lewis (Mr. Murphy)  

Summary: Mrs. Callahan and Mrs. Murphy, who live on opposite sides of a narrow alley in the tenement district, are quarrelsome friends, although their children, Ellen and Dan, are in love. Dan becomes involved with a gang of bootleggers and disappears. Ellen, meanwhile, gives birth to a child which her mother contrives to adopt without knowledge of its origin. When Dan returns, the couple confesses to having been secretly married. The Callahans and Murphys once again resume their happy existence, with the mothers arguing over the baby's family resemblance. 

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp. (Loew's Inc.)
Distribution Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp. (Loew's Inc.)
Director: George Hill (Dir)
Writer: Frances Marion (Scen)
  Ralph Spence (Titles)
Photography: Ira Morgan (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Hugh Wynn (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Cedric Gibbons (Settings)
  David Townsend (Settings)
Costumes: René Hubert (Ward)
Country: United States
Language: English

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Source Text: Based on the novel The Callahans and the Murphys by Kathleen Norris (Garden City, NY, 1924).
Authors: Kathleen Norris

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp. 11/7/1927 dd/mm/yyyy LP24254

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Genre: Comedy-drama
 
Subjects (Major): Adoption
  Bootleggers
  Family life
  Irish Americans
  Tenement-houses

Note: The Callahans and the Murphys was the first of nine M-G-M feature films in which actresses Marie Dressler and Polly Moran appeared together. Most of the nine films feature the actresses as bickering friends and rivals. Their last film together was Prosperity , released in 1932. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   24 Jul 1927.   
MPW   16 Jul 1927.   
New York Times   12 Jul 1927   p. 29.
Variety   13 Jul 1927   p. 22.

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