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McFadden's Flats
Director: Richard Wallace (Dir)
Release Date:   6 Feb 1927
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 6 eb 1927
Duration (in feet):   7,846
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Charlie Murray (Dan McFadden)  
    Chester Conklin (Jock McTavish)  
    Edna Murphy (Mary Ellen McFadden)  
    Larry Kent (Sandy McTavish)  
    Aggie Herring (Mrs. McFadden)  
    De Witt Jennings (Patrick Halloran)  
    Cissy FitzGerald (Mrs. Halloran)  
    Dorothy Dwan (Edith Halloran)  
    Freeman Wood (Desmond Halloran)  
    Dot Farley (Bridget Maloney)  
    Leo White (Hat salesman)  
    Harvey Clark (Interior decorator)  

Summary: McFadden, an Irish contractor, and McTavish, a Scottish barber, become fast friends, and McTavish's son, Jock, meets and falls in love with Mary Ellen, McFadden's daughter. McFadden, having increased his store of worldly goods, sends his daughter to a finishing school, to the dismay of young Jock. McFadden also provokes frequent outbursts from McTavish, whose outlook on life is the antithesis of his own. McFadden's ambition to complete a flat building is well underway when he suddenly finds himself in financial straits; when McTavish secretly helps him out, all eventually works out well for the friends and the young lovers. 

Production Company: First National Pictures, Inc.  
Production Text: Asher-Small-Rogers Present
Distribution Company: First National Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Richard Wallace (Dir)
Producer: Edward Small (Prod)
Writer: Charles Logue (Scen)
  Jack Wagner (Adpt)
  Jack Jevne (Adpt)
  Rex Taylor (Adpt)
Photography: Arthur Edeson (Dir of photog)
Country: United States
Language: English

Music:
Songs:
Source Text: Based on the play McFadden's Row of Flats by Gus Hill (London, 22 Oct 1896).
Authors: Gus Hill

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
First National Pictures, Inc. 26/1/1927 dd/mm/yyyy LP23593

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Genre: Comedy-drama
 
Subjects (Major): Barbers and barbershops
  Boarding schools
  Contractors
  Irish Americans
  Scottish Americans
  Wealth

Note: Another adaptation of Gene Starron Porter's play was produced by Paramount in 1935. That film was directed by Ralph Murphy and starred Walter C. Kelly and Andy Clyde (see entry bellow). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
MPW   12 Feb 1927.   
New York Times   13 Feb 1927   p. 7.
Variety   9 Feb 1927   p. 14.

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