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The Cohens and Kellys
Director: Harry Pollard (Dir)
Release Date:   28 Feb 1926
Premiere Information:   New York opening: week of 21 Feb 1926
Duration (in feet):   7,774
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Charlie Murray (Patrick Kelly)  
    George Sidney (Jacob Cohen)  
    Vera Gordon (Mrs. Cohen)  
    Kate Price (Mrs. Kelly)  
    Olive Hasbrouck (Nannie Cohen)  
    Nat Carr (Milton Katz)  
    Mickey Bennett (Milton J. Katz)  

Summary: Jacob Cohen, who owns a dry goods store, and Patrick Kelly, an Irish cop, are constantly at loggerheads, feuding over anything and everything. Kelly's son, Tim, and Cohen's daughter, Nannie, fall in love despite the bickering of their parents; when they cannot get parental consent for their marriage, they secretly wed. Cohen inherits a fortune and moves to the upper East Side, taking Nannie with him. Sometime later, Nannie gives birth to a child; when her parents will not let any of the Kelly clan see the child, Nannie leaves home and goes to live with the Kellys, where Mrs. Cohen soon joins her. Cohen then discovers that Kelly is the rightful heir to the fortune that he himself has inherited and, moved by honesty, he goes to the burly cop and tells him so. The men are reconciled and decide to go into partnership together. 

Production Company: Universal Pictures Corp.  
Production Text: Universal-Jewel
Distribution Company: Universal Pictures Corp.  
Director: Harry Pollard (Dir)
Producer: E. M. Asher (Prod)
Writer: Alfred A. Cohn (Scen)
  Harry Pollard (Adpt)
Photography: Charles Stumar (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Charles D. Hall (Art dir)
Country: United States
Language: English
Series: Cohens and Kellys

Source Text: Based on the play Two Blocks Away by Aaron Hoffman (New York, 30 Aug 1921).
Authors: Aaron Hoffman

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Universal Pictures Corp. 13/2/1926 dd/mm/yyyy LP22400

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Genre: Comedy
Subjects (Major): General stores
  Irish Americans
  New York City--East Side

Note: This was the first of seven pictures made by Universal that featured the Cohen and Kelly families. For additional information on the series, consult the entry for the 1931 film The Cohens and Kelleys in Africa

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   7 Mar 1926.   
MPW   6 Mar 1926.   
New York Times   23 Feb 1926   p. 26.
Variety   24 Feb 1926   p. 42.

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