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The Cohens and the Kellys in Africa (1930)

Cohen and Kelly families go to Africa to buy elephant tusks.


Vin Moore


Lew Lipton (story), Edward Ludwig (as Edward) | 4 more credits »


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Cast overview:
George Sidney ... Cohen
Charles Murray ... Kelly
Vera Gordon ... Mrs. Cohen
Kate Price ... Mrs. Kelly
Lloyd Whitlock Lloyd Whitlock ... Sheik
Nick Cogley ... Guide
Eddie Kane Eddie Kane ... Chief Zulu
Demetrius Alexis Demetrius Alexis ... Sheik's Aide
Rene Marvelle Rene Marvelle ... Dancing Girl
Georgette Rhodes Georgette Rhodes ... Dancing Girl


Cohen and Kelly families go to Africa to buy elephant tusks.

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IMAGINE IT! CHASED BY LIONS! CAPTURED BY CANNIBALS! LOST IN A HAREM! OI! OI! (Print ad- Milwaukee Journal, ((Milwaukee, Wisc.)) 1 February 1931)









Release Date:

21 December 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cohen e Kelly in Africa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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A print of this film survives in the Library of Congress. See more »


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Was This Funny In The 30's?
19 August 2013 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

If you are a fan of good comedy or have a good sense of humor, or an IQ above 45, this picture is not for you. This was one of the toughest 68 minutes I ever sat through, but I was at a film festival and didn't want to walk out. Without the historical value, this picture has no value at all.

The plot is hallucinatory and the script is mainly one-liners that range from barely funny to atrocious. Cohen and Kelly own a piano business and decide that, to save money, they should go to the source of the ivory - hence the title. Things go steadily downhill, especially the jokes, and there is not much else to say about this movie. If you attend a retrospective or a film festival and this one is on the program, get your hand stamped and go out and sit in your car. It will be time well spent.

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