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The Cohens and Kellys in Atlantic City
Director: William James Craft (Dir)
Release Date:   17 Mar 1929
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 16 Mar 1929
Duration (in mins):   70
Duration (in feet):   7,401
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   George Sidney (Mr. Cohen)  
    Vera Gordon (Mrs. Cohen)  
    Mack Swain (Mr. Kelly)  
    Kate Price (Mrs. Kelly)  
    Cornelius Keefe (Pat Kelly)  
    Nora Lane (Rose Cohen)  
    Virginia Sale (Miss Rosenberg)  
    Tom Kennedy (Crook)  

Summary: After thirty years in the bathing suit business, Cohen and Kelly have fallen on hard times; their merchandise and their business methods are both out of date. While they are away on a selling trip, Cohen's daughter, Rosie, and Kelly's son, Pat, introduce a new line of merchandise into the family business. To promote it, they plan a beauty contest to be held in Atlantic City. Cohen and Kelly return in a rage, and the children sneak off to Atlantic City to avoid involving their parents in the contest. After numerous complications, Rosie wins the contest, the business is saved, and the two families share a happy reunion. 

Production Company: Universal Pictures Corp.  
Distribution Company: Universal Pictures Corp.  
Director: William James Craft (Dir)
Writer: Earl Snell (Adpt and cont)
  Jack Townley (Story)
  Albert De Mond (Dial and titles)
Photography: Al Jones (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Charles Craft (Film ed)
  Richard Cahoon (Film ed)
Country: United States
Language: English
Series: Cohens and Kellys

Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Universal Pictures Corp. 4/3/1929 dd/mm/yyyy LP189

Physical Properties: Si with sd seq: Talking seq and mus score by Movietone
  Sd, also Si: Also si; 7,752 ft.

Genre: Comedy
Subjects (Major): Atlantic City (NJ)
  Bathing suits
  Beauty contests
  Irish Americans

Note: Some scenes were filmed on location in Atlantic City, NJ. For additional information on the "Cohens and Kellys" series, see entry above for The Cohens and Kellys in Africa and consult the Series Index. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   24 Mar 1929.   
New York Times   18 Mar 1929   p. 30.
Variety   20 Mar 1929   p. 12.

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