Kosher Kitty Kelly (1926)

Comedy-drama | 5 September 1926

Director:

James W. Horne

Writer:

Gerald C. Duffy

Cinematographer:

Allen G. Siegler

Production Company:

R-C Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The 26 Mar 1926 Film Mercury announced that F.B.O. (Film Booking Offices of America) had purchased rights to Leon De Costa’s Broadway stage comedy, Kosher Kitty Kelly. Two months later, the 22 May 1926 Moving Picture World stated that F.B.O.’s production editor J. G. Hawks and scenario editor Percy Heath were currently working on the film’s adaptation and continuity. Although an item in the 23 May 1926 Film Daily identified Tom Forman as the director, the 2 Jun 1926 Var corrected the record by stating that James W. Horne, not Forman, had been brought on to direct; the confusion may have stemmed from the casting of actor Tom Forman (a.k.a. Tom B. Forman, not to be confused with the director Tom Forman) in the role of “Officer Pat Sullivan.”
       On 5 Jun 1926, Moving Picture World announced that production was scheduled to begin almost immediately. Shortly after, the 19 Jun 1926 Motion Picture News confirmed that production had commenced. Filming took place entirely at F.B.O.’s studio in Hollywood, CA, where a set modeled after New York City’s East Side spanned the length of two city blocks.
       The 28 Jul 1926 Var stated that Neal O’Hara, a newspaper writer based in New York, was brought to Los Angeles, CA, to title the film. Theatrical release followed in Sep 1926.
       A partial version of this film, with one reel missing, is held by the U.S. Archive, according to the Library of Congress. ...

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The 26 Mar 1926 Film Mercury announced that F.B.O. (Film Booking Offices of America) had purchased rights to Leon De Costa’s Broadway stage comedy, Kosher Kitty Kelly. Two months later, the 22 May 1926 Moving Picture World stated that F.B.O.’s production editor J. G. Hawks and scenario editor Percy Heath were currently working on the film’s adaptation and continuity. Although an item in the 23 May 1926 Film Daily identified Tom Forman as the director, the 2 Jun 1926 Var corrected the record by stating that James W. Horne, not Forman, had been brought on to direct; the confusion may have stemmed from the casting of actor Tom Forman (a.k.a. Tom B. Forman, not to be confused with the director Tom Forman) in the role of “Officer Pat Sullivan.”
       On 5 Jun 1926, Moving Picture World announced that production was scheduled to begin almost immediately. Shortly after, the 19 Jun 1926 Motion Picture News confirmed that production had commenced. Filming took place entirely at F.B.O.’s studio in Hollywood, CA, where a set modeled after New York City’s East Side spanned the length of two city blocks.
       The 28 Jul 1926 Var stated that Neal O’Hara, a newspaper writer based in New York, was brought to Los Angeles, CA, to title the film. Theatrical release followed in Sep 1926.
       A partial version of this film, with one reel missing, is held by the U.S. Archive, according to the Library of Congress.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
23 May 1926
p. 24
Film Daily
26 Sep 1926
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Film Daily
17 Dec 1926
p. 15
Film Mercury
26 Mar 1926
p. 7
Motion Picture News
19 Jun 1926
p. 2870
Motion Picture News
26 Jun 1926
p. 2961
Motion Picture News
31 Jul 1926
p. 400
Motion Picture News
25 Sep 1926
p. 1173
Motion Picture News
2 Oct 1926
p. 1296
Motion Picture News
20 Nov 1926
p. 1927, 1980
Moving Picture World
22 May 1926
p. 318
Moving Picture World
5 Jun 1926
p. 471
Moving Picture World
2 Oct 1926
p. 304
New York Times
28 Sep 1926
p. 30
Picture-Play Magazine
Jan 1927
p. 61
Variety
2 Jun 1926
p. 2
Variety
28 Jul 1926
p. 16
Variety
29 Sep 1926
p. 14
Variety
6 Oct 1926
p. 43
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Gold Bond Series
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Allan Siegler
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Kosher Kitty Kelly by Leon De Costa (New York, 15 Jun 1925).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 September 1926
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
R-C Pictures Corp.
5 September 1926
LP23124
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,103
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Kitty Kelly, her brother Barney, and Mrs. Kelly are neighbors of Rosie Feinbaum and her mother, who live over the delicatessen of Moses Ginsburg on New York's East Side. Rosie is in love with young Morris Rosen, a hospital intern; Kitty loves Officer Pat Sullivan. With a gang, Barney attempts to hold up Ginsburg, and Officer Pat, pursuing the gang, wounds Barney in the shoulder. Although Kitty pleads with him, Pat places duty above love and takes Barney to a waiting ambulance. En route to the hospital, Kitty is comforted by Morris; Pat and Rosie, believing the other two to be on intimate terms, team up together. Mrs. Kelly is infuriated, and a dispute with the Feinbaums develops into a neighborhood battle. Pat withdraws from the alderman race to assure Barney's parole, the boy sets out to get revenge, and Ginsburg's shop is set afire during a battle; Morris saves Rosie, and Pat saves Kitty. The original lovers are united, along with Ginsburg and Mrs. ...

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Kitty Kelly, her brother Barney, and Mrs. Kelly are neighbors of Rosie Feinbaum and her mother, who live over the delicatessen of Moses Ginsburg on New York's East Side. Rosie is in love with young Morris Rosen, a hospital intern; Kitty loves Officer Pat Sullivan. With a gang, Barney attempts to hold up Ginsburg, and Officer Pat, pursuing the gang, wounds Barney in the shoulder. Although Kitty pleads with him, Pat places duty above love and takes Barney to a waiting ambulance. En route to the hospital, Kitty is comforted by Morris; Pat and Rosie, believing the other two to be on intimate terms, team up together. Mrs. Kelly is infuriated, and a dispute with the Feinbaums develops into a neighborhood battle. Pat withdraws from the alderman race to assure Barney's parole, the boy sets out to get revenge, and Ginsburg's shop is set afire during a battle; Morris saves Rosie, and Pat saves Kitty. The original lovers are united, along with Ginsburg and Mrs. Feinbaum.

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