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The Cohens and the Kellys in Scotland
Director: William James Craft (Dir)
Release Date:   17 Mar 1930
Premiere Information:   New York opening: week of 7 Mar 1930
Duration (in mins):   83
Duration (in feet):   7,600
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   George Sidney (Cohen)  
    Charles Murray (Kelly)  
    Vera Gordon (Mrs. Cohen)  
    Kate Price (Mrs. Kelly)  
    E. J. Radcliffe (McPherson)  
    William Colvin (McDonald)  
    Lloyd Whitlock (Prince)  

Summary: Accompanied by their respective spouses, Cohen and Kelly go to Scotland to buy plaids, each having received a tip that the Prince of Morania, a style dictator, is to have a plaid motif in his spring collection. Cohen buys all the plaids of McPherson, while Kelly purchases those of McDonald. Cohen gets into trouble with a stranger on the golf course and is horrified to find that he has insulted the prince; they attend the races where the prince is expected to show himself in plaids, but his clothes are covered by his raincoat. Thinking themselves ruined, each decides to commit suicide; however, when Cohen tries to drown himself, Kelly rescues him. They astound McPherson and McDonald by asking them to buy back the plaids, but when the prince is seen wearing them in a parade, the Scotsmen gladly pay them a fortune. 

Production Company: Universal Pictures Corp.  
Distribution Company: Universal Pictures Corp.  
Director: William James Craft (Dir)
Producer: Carl Laemmle (Pres)
Writer: Albert De Mond (Scen and dial)
  John McDermott (Story)
Photography: C. Allen Jones (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Harry Lieb (Film ed)
Sound: Joseph R. Lapis (Rec eng)
  C. Roy Hunter (Rec eng)
Country: United States
Language: English
Series: Cohens and Kellys

Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Universal Pictures Corp. 6/3/1930 dd/mm/yyyy LP1129

Physical Properties: Sd: Movietone
  Sd, also Si: Also si; 6,584 ft.

Genre: Comedy
Subjects (Major): Clothing industry
  Golf and golfers
  Irish Americans

Note: 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   2 Mar 1930.   
New York Times   10 Mar 1930   p. 24.
Variety   12 Mar 1930   p. 33.

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