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Kelly the Second (1936)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  21 August 1936 (USA)
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Complete credited cast:
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Cecil Callahan (as Guinn Williams)
Doc Klum
Edward Brophy ...
Ike Arnold
Harold Huber ...
Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom ...
Butch Flynn (as Maxie Rosenbloom)
DeWitt Jennings ...
Judge (as DeWitt C. Jennings)
Syd Saylor ...


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90 merry minutes of screen screams! See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

21 August 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Irish Washerwoman  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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On all publicity material (lobby cards, posters, etc.) printed for the 1948 Favorite Films reissue, Charley Chase's name is omitted, while Billy Gilbert's name is included, even though his role as a fur trader was cut from the final release print of the film. See more »


Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »


The Irish Washerwoman
Played on a radio, on a record and an on an hurdy gurdy
Played also by an orchestra at the party and danced by Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams with Pert Kelton and Patsy Kelly with Charley Chase
Sung a cappella by Patsy Kelly and others at the fight
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Prepare for some surprise chuckles
22 April 2009 | by (West Coast) – See all my reviews

This was my first Patsy Kelly film. I am almost fifty and I've heard her name for years from my parents. But I've never seen her in anything before unless you want to count "Rosemary's Baby" which I didn't even care for.

So I watch the film and at first you're not sure what to make of her. But as someone else posted here, yes, she begins to grow on you.

As the movie progressed I could not help but keep watching. She made some funny facial expressions that can't hold a candle to Lucille Ball, yet I couldn't help but giggle at them.

I like old films from the 1930s. So this helped to keep my interest going. At the times the film/storyline was a bit lame, yet before I knew it I found myself chuckling out loud and I didn't know why. Like when Kelly, Guinn and the Charley Chase's car stopping right in the middle of the train tracks. How many times have we seen this train tracks gag before? Yet they managed to pull it off with Kelly's pant leg getting caught on the gear shifts and the car pulling out just in time, in front of film screen of a train whizzing by! I had a good laugh on that one.

This was also my first Big Boy Guinn film and he reminds a lot of Nat Pendleton, a favorite of mine. So I'll be keeping an eye out for more films of his on TCM.

I walked away from this film a Patsy Kelly fan and I am now on the hunt to see more of her. I may even rent "Rosemary's Baby" to appreciate her in that role.

A friend who saw this with me didn't laugh much except when I laughed. So a film like this might not appeal to all. But I am glad I watched it and hopefully this will get released on DVD sometime in the future.

My next goal is to check out Judy Canova and see what the big deal was about her. Stay tuned.

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