The Cohens and Kellys in Scotland (1930)

83 mins | Comedy | 17 March 1930

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HISTORY

The Cohens and Kellys in Scotland was the fourth in a series of seven “Cohens and Kellys” films. It marked the return of Charles Murray to the role of “Kelly,” and thus a re-teaming of the four lead actors from the first picture, The Cohens and the Kellys (1926, see entry), which included Murray, George Sidney, Kate Price, and Vera Gordon. An item in the 29 Jun 1929 Universal Weekly announced that it would be one of six Laemmle Special Productions for 1929-1930 release. The film was slated to open on St. Patrick’s Day, 17 Mar 1930, as had The Cohens and Kellys in Atlantic City (1929, see entry).
       Principal photography was scheduled to begin at Universal Pictures Corp.’s studio in Universal City, CA, the week of 1 Jan 1930, according to that day’s Var. A 12 Jan 1930 Film Daily noted that golf scenes were shot on a golf course in Glendale, CA. On 4 Feb 1930, Film Daily reported that filming had ended.
       Prior to the 17 Mar 1930 general release, the film opened the week of 7 Mar 1930 at New York City’s Colony Theatre, and around the same time at Chicago, IL’s Woods Theatre, as announced in a 22 Mar 1930 Universal Weekly item, which boasted high ticket sales for pre-release showings in both cities. A 16 Mar 1930 opening took place at Los Angeles, CA’s Million Dollar Theatre. ...

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The Cohens and Kellys in Scotland was the fourth in a series of seven “Cohens and Kellys” films. It marked the return of Charles Murray to the role of “Kelly,” and thus a re-teaming of the four lead actors from the first picture, The Cohens and the Kellys (1926, see entry), which included Murray, George Sidney, Kate Price, and Vera Gordon. An item in the 29 Jun 1929 Universal Weekly announced that it would be one of six Laemmle Special Productions for 1929-1930 release. The film was slated to open on St. Patrick’s Day, 17 Mar 1930, as had The Cohens and Kellys in Atlantic City (1929, see entry).
       Principal photography was scheduled to begin at Universal Pictures Corp.’s studio in Universal City, CA, the week of 1 Jan 1930, according to that day’s Var. A 12 Jan 1930 Film Daily noted that golf scenes were shot on a golf course in Glendale, CA. On 4 Feb 1930, Film Daily reported that filming had ended.
       Prior to the 17 Mar 1930 general release, the film opened the week of 7 Mar 1930 at New York City’s Colony Theatre, and around the same time at Chicago, IL’s Woods Theatre, as announced in a 22 Mar 1930 Universal Weekly item, which boasted high ticket sales for pre-release showings in both cities. A 16 Mar 1930 opening took place at Los Angeles, CA’s Million Dollar Theatre.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Brooklyn Daily Eagle [Brooklyn, NY]
7 Mar 1930
p. 23
Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today
4 Feb 1930
p. 4
Film Daily
5 Jan 1930
p. 1
Film Daily
5 Jan 1930
p. 3
Film Daily
12 Jan 1930
p. 1
Film Daily
4 Feb 1930
p. 7
Film Daily
26 Feb 1930
p. 2
Film Daily
2 Mar 1930
p. 10
Harrison's Reports
15 Mar 1930
p. 43
Hollywood Filmograph
18 Jan 1930
p. 16
Hollywood Filmograph
8 Mar 1930
p. 10
Los Angeles Times
16 Mar 1930
Section B, p. 14
Montclair Times [Montclair, NJ]
8 Mar 1930
p. 22
Motion Picture News
4 Jan 1930
p. 21
Motion Picture News
8 Feb 1930
p. 66
Motion Picture News
15 Mar 1930
p. 39
New York Times
8 Mar 1930
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New York Times
10 Mar 1930
p. 24
New York Times
16 Mar 1930
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Universal Weekly
29 Jun 1929
p. 22
Universal Weekly
6 Jul 1929
p. 1
Universal Weekly
22 Feb 1930
p. 1
Universal Weekly
22 Mar 1930
p. 18
Variety
1 Jan 1930
p. 25
Variety
12 Mar 1930
p. 33
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
William James Craft
Dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Scen and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Joseph R. Lapis
Rec eng
Rec eng
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Cohens and the Kellys in Scotland
Release Date:
17 March 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 7 Mar 1930; Newark, NJ, opening: 14 Mar 1930; Los Angeles opening: 16 Mar 1930
Production Date:
early Jan--late Jan or early Feb 1930
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Universal Pictures Corp.
6 March 1930
LP1129
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 6,584 ft.
Duration(in mins):
83
Length(in feet):
7,600
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

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 ...

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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.

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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