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Kelly the Second (1936)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Romance | 21 August 1936 (USA)
Patsy Kelly as a prizefight manager who helps a truck driver be a champ. Good kelly comedy, Also with talents of great silent comedian, Charley Chase.

Director:

Gus Meins

Writers:

Jefferson Moffitt (screen play) (as Jeff Moffitt), William H. Terhune (screen play) (as William Terhune) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patsy Kelly ... Molly Kelly
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Cecil Callahan (as Guinn Williams)
Charley Chase ... Dr. J. Willoughby Klum
Pert Kelton ... Gloria
Edward Brophy ... Ike Arnold
Harold Huber ... Spike
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Butch Flynn
DeWitt Jennings ... Judge (as DeWitt C. Jennings)
Syd Saylor ... Dan
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Storyline

Lunch counter manager Molly Kelly gets into an altercation with truck driver Cecil Callahan that lands Callahan in jail. After seeing his fighting skills, though, Molly and her boss, Dr. Klum, decide to turn him into a prizefighter. Together they have great success, thanks in no small part to Molly's unorthodox training techniques. Eventually Callahan is good enough to challenge the heavyweight champion, but jealousy may intervene. Written by Bill Morrison

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A ringside seat to America's rib-smashing laff bombshell. See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Irish Washerwoman See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Press previews for the film in April, 1936 ran 85 minutes, but 15 minutes were cut for the released film in August, 1936. Billy Gilbert's role as "Fur Trader" did not survive the cut. It is not known if the preview print was shown anywhere to paying customers. See more »

Goofs

In the shot from behind Molly's lunch counter of the patrons awaiting their orders, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall behind. See more »

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Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

The Irish Washerwoman
(uncredited)
Traditional
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 ItsamoomooSee 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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