Rosemary Murphy and Abie Cohen are the two lovers defined in the title. Their respective fathers and mothers are none too keen on Abie and Rosemary's oil-and-water romance, and get even less keener when the two are married by a Protestant minister, a marriage that is quickly done again by a Jewish rabbi and then again by a Catholic priest. The contrast between Yiddish and Celtic dialects and religious practices is also maintained. Providence lends a helping hand at the end to effect the reconciliation of the fathers to their respective children and the choice they have made. Written by
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The original Broadway production of "Abie's Irish Rose" by Anne Nichols opened at the Fulton Theater (later moving to the Theater Republic) on May 23, 1922, ran for 2317 performances and closed on October 1, 1927. See more »
This was based on a 1920s Broadway play that was panned by the critics but ran for about five years, setting a record at that time. It is something of a Romeo and Juliet acted out by the Jews and the Irish. Was shown on TV in the early 1950s. Don't remember much about its quality; couldn't grasp the tension between the families because living in Brooklyn I thought that just about everybody was Jewish anyway. Bizarrely, Art Baker, MC of the popular "You Asked for It" TV show, played the rabbi. As a kid I couldn't compute how this rather serious MC on a documentary-type show had wound up in a farce (which preceded his run on the show, of course). Yes, the early days of TV were confusing.
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