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The Cohens and Kellys (1926)





Cast overview:
Charles Murray ... Patrick Kelly
George Sidney ... Jacob Cohen
Vera Gordon ... Mrs. Cohen
Kate Price ... Mrs. Kelly
Jason Robards Sr. ... Tim Kelly (as Jason Robards)
Olive Hasbrouck ... Nannie Cohen
Nat Carr ... Milton J. Katz
Robert Gordon Robert Gordon ... Sammy Cohen (as Bobby Gordon)
Mickey Bennett ... Terence Kelly


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An Uproarious Knockout! -- A Thousand Laughs! See more »




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Although it is listed in Robert B. Connelly's book "The Silents" as eight reels, which is usually about 90 minutes, the Irish Film Festival in London in 2018 screened a digital version from a restored Belgian print that purported to run 108 minutes (and was actually several minutes longer). See more »


Followed by The Cohens and Kellys in Atlantic City (1929) See more »

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A Treasure from the Twenties
10 April 2002 | by tashmanSee all my reviews

The four leads are nothing short of miraculous, and calling them great simply isn't enough. Remarkable, legendary Charlie Murray plays the lanky, rubber-faced, temper-prone career police officer Kelly, and beaming, robust, beer-lovin' Kate Price, that absolute first choice among Irish ‘Mums during the 1920s, is the Missus. George Sidney is the proud Nathan Cohen, a squat-stocky, blustering, hair-yanking businessman, while pleasantly plump, dark-eyed, forever worrying Vera Gordon plays Mrs. Cohen (she brings hand-wringing to new levels!) THE COHENS AND THE KELLYS is, for the most part, about the perfect casting of these four leading roles, so successful it spawned a series of sequels (and in true Hollywood fashion, George Sidney is the only member of this original quartet to appear in all of the sequels). Kelly and Cohen are funny enough on their own, but add wives, the offspring, and then (not being content) even the family pets, all competing with one another in a great and gusto-laced rivalry, we have a film that generously lives up to its promotional tagline - "An Uproarious Knockout! -- A Thousand Laughs!" Fortune smiles on the Cohens, who move rapidly up in the world and into a fancy, spacious mansion, and the rivalry is jumped a notch. Now, all along there has been a secret relationship between their eldest offspring, police officer Jason Robards, Sr. as the Junior Kelly, and "Nannie" Cohen, played by attractive Universal contract player Olive Hasbrouck, and this BRIDGET LOVES BERNIE/ABIE'S IRISH ROSE sub-plot plays itself out to the expected sentimental yet humorous conclusion. The pace is fast, the jokes are, indeed, very funny, and the cast is marvelous (including skinny, cranky Nat Carr as a business associate). The unavoidable stereo-types you will expect (this picture was screened for a highly appreciative audience at last year's Syracuse festival) prove hilarious and warmly, timelessly entertaining.

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28 February 1926 (USA) See more »

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