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Kelly the Second (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 21 August 1936 (USA)



(screen play) (as Jeff Moffitt), (screen play) (as William Terhune) | 4 more credits »


Complete credited cast:
Cecil Callahan (as Guinn Williams)
Doc Klum
Edward Brophy ...
Ike Arnold
Harold Huber ...
Maxie Rosenbloom ...
Butch Flynn
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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Did You Know?


In the first scene, a shop window reads "Roy Seawright Cleaners". Roy Seawright was the Roach Studios special effects technician. 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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A fine Hal Roach film,....just don't expect it to be a comedy!
20 July 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very odd film in that I mildly enjoyed it but found almost no laughs whatsoever in this Hal Roach comedy! Despite having Patsy Kelly and Charlie Chase, the movie looked like a light drama--and putting the laughs in the script was just forgotten. It is a pleasant enough film--just not funny. And, I doubt if Roach would have been happy with me saying this if he were alive today because it WAS intended as a comedy.

Part of the reason I was not terribly impressed by the film is that I am really not a huge fan of Patsy Kelly, as she always seems to be screaming her lines--subtle she sure ain't. Interestingly enough, and this is NOT meant at all to be a criticism, but Rosie O'Donnell is almost the spitting image of her.

I was also disappointed because I LOVE Charlie Chase's silent films, but found at least in the case of this film, he doesn't make a good transition to sound--as the entire chemistry that made him famous is gone. He does play a fine supporting character--but he's nothing like the character he was in silent days, that's all.

As for the plot and the other actors, they were fine though not outstanding. It almost seemed like in every way, Roach was using his B or C-string unit to make this film--saving his better stuff and energy for Laurel and Hardy and Our Gang. Speaking of Our Gang, look carefully for a very young and cute scene with Alfalfa--in his pre-Our Gang days.

NOTE: Patsy Kelly's car at the beginning of the film appears to be the same one used for a comedy bit in the Laurel and Hardy short, OUR WIFE.

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