The Cohens and Kellys in Atlantic City (1929)

70 mins | Comedy | 17 March 1929

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HISTORY

The 28 Apr 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World announced plans by Universal Pictures Corp. for a third entry in the “Cohens and Kellys” series, and the first to feature a synchronized soundtrack. George Sidney had already agreed to reprise his role as “Cohen,” while J. Farrell MacDonald was under consideration for his second appearance as “Kelly.” Charlie Murray had assumed the role in the first installment, The Cohens and Kellys (1926, see entry). The 19 May 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World credited Joseph Franklin Poland and Matt Taylor with the original screenplay.
       As stated in the 26 Jul 1928 Exhibitors Daily Review, production was scheduled to begin 6 Aug 1928 in Atlantic City, NJ. George Sidney, who was currently in New York City, was expected to join the company following its arrival from Los Angeles, CA. Taylor was in the process of writing dialogue for the film. The 16 Aug 1928 start of principal photography was reported in the previous day’s Exhibitors Daily Review. Veteran comic Mack Swain had replaced MacDonald, as noted in the 18 Aug 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World. The article erroneously gave the company’s location as Florida. Doris Hill was included among the cast, according to the Feb 1929 Screenland. Also joining the company was a young Atlantic City resident who appeared in the “Summer Girl” beauty contest sequence, identified as Elsie Herman in the 29 Sep 1928 Motion Picture News, and Elsie Allen in the 10 Nov 1928 IExhibitors Herald ...

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The 28 Apr 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World announced plans by Universal Pictures Corp. for a third entry in the “Cohens and Kellys” series, and the first to feature a synchronized soundtrack. George Sidney had already agreed to reprise his role as “Cohen,” while J. Farrell MacDonald was under consideration for his second appearance as “Kelly.” Charlie Murray had assumed the role in the first installment, The Cohens and Kellys (1926, see entry). The 19 May 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World credited Joseph Franklin Poland and Matt Taylor with the original screenplay.
       As stated in the 26 Jul 1928 Exhibitors Daily Review, production was scheduled to begin 6 Aug 1928 in Atlantic City, NJ. George Sidney, who was currently in New York City, was expected to join the company following its arrival from Los Angeles, CA. Taylor was in the process of writing dialogue for the film. The 16 Aug 1928 start of principal photography was reported in the previous day’s Exhibitors Daily Review. Veteran comic Mack Swain had replaced MacDonald, as noted in the 18 Aug 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World. The article erroneously gave the company’s location as Florida. Doris Hill was included among the cast, according to the Feb 1929 Screenland. Also joining the company was a young Atlantic City resident who appeared in the “Summer Girl” beauty contest sequence, identified as Elsie Herman in the 29 Sep 1928 Motion Picture News, and Elsie Allen in the 10 Nov 1928 IExhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World.
       According to the 30 Aug 1928 Exhibitors Daily Review, the company returned to Universal Studios in Universal City, CA, to film interior scenes, following ten days on location. The conclusion of principal photography was reported in the 20 Oct 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World.
       The 16 Feb 1929 Universal Weekly announced a scheduled opening on St. Patrick’s Day, which was to be the release date for all subsequent installments in the series.
       The Cohens and Kellys in Atlantic City opened 16 Mar 1929 in New York City, and later that week at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Reviews were unenthusiastic, with several critics dismissing the film as low or “slapstick” comedy. Universal continued the series through 1933, with Charles Murray as “Kelly.”

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Educational Screen
May 1929
p. 144
Exhibitors Daily Review
26 Jul 1928
p. 5
Exhibitors Daily Review
15 Aug 1928
p. 1
Exhibitors Daily Review
30 Aug 1928
p. 4
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
28 Apr 1928
p. 65
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
19 May 1928
p. 100
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
18 Aug 1928
p. 49
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
30 Aug 1928
p. 4
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
20 Oct 1928
p. 41
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
10 Nov 1928
p. 28
Film Daily
20 May 1928
p. 4
Film Daily
24 Mar 1929
p. 5
Film Mercury
22 Mar 1929
p. 16
Motion Picture News
11 Aug 1928
p. 462
Motion Picture News
18 Aug 1928
p. 462
Motion Picture News
29 Sep 1928
p. 990
Motion Picture News
9 Feb 1929
p. 428
Motion Picture News
23 Mar 1929
p. 925
New York Times
18 Mar 1929
p. 30
Photoplay
Mar 1929
p. 72
Screenland
Feb 1929
p. 21
Screenland
Jun 1929
p. 76
Universal Weekly
16 Feb 1929
p. 19
Variety
20 Mar 1929
p. 13
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
William James Craft
Dir
Jack Foley
Asst dir
WRITERS
Earl Snell
Adpt and cont
Story
Dial and titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
PRODUCTION MISC
Business mgr
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 March 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 16 Mar 1929
Production Date:
16 Aug--Oct 1928
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Universal Pictures Corp.
4 March 1929
LP189
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Talking seq and mus score by Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 7,752 ft.
Duration(in mins):
70
Length(in feet):
7,401
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

After thirty years in the bathing suit business, Mr. Cohen and Mr. Kelly have fallen on hard times because their merchandise and business methods are out of date. While the men are away on a selling trip, Cohen's daughter, Rosie, and Kelly's son, Pat, introduce a new line of merchandise. To promote it, they plan a beauty contest to be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 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 ...

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After thirty years in the bathing suit business, Mr. Cohen and Mr. Kelly have fallen on hard times because their merchandise and business methods are out of date. While the men are away on a selling trip, Cohen's daughter, Rosie, and Kelly's son, Pat, introduce a new line of merchandise. To promote it, they plan a beauty contest to be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 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.

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Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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