The Callahans and the Murphys (1927)

Comedy-drama | 18 June 1927

Director:

George Hill

Writer:

Frances Marion

Cinematographer:

Ira Morgan

Editor:

Hugh Wynn

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

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 ... More Less

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. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
24 Jul 1927.
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MPW
16 Jul 1927.
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New York Times
12 Jul 1927
p. 29.
Variety
13 Jul 1927
p. 22.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Callahans and the Murphys by Kathleen Norris (Garden City, NY, 1924).
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 June 1927
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
11 July 1927
Copyright Number:
LP24254
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,126
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

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 ... +


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. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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