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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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Full Length Feature... 90 Minutes of Laughs! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in New York City Sunday 21 November 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Los Angeles Tuesday 18 January 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Philadelphia Friday 13 May 1949 on WCAU (Channel 10), and in Cincinnati Tuesday 9 August 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7), as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. See more »

Goofs

Although the film is supposedly taking place in New York City, Molly's car has California license plates and the exteriors are obviously California, mostly Los Angeles and vicinity. See more »

Connections

Edited into Kelly Finds a Fighter (1953) 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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The quality of humor is not strained....
20 April 2009 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

This picture was shown on TCM recently and it is strictly for hard-core Patsy Kelly fans. Apparently it was a vehicle for her in hopes it would lead to a series of films, according to Maltin.

But Patsy Kelly is an acquired taste and this film did her no favors. The humor is extremely broad and the storyline is vapid. The climax has to be seen to be believed and is far removed from true comedy. The one bright light is the inimitable Charley Chase who injects as much fun as he can into the proceedings and which sorely needs his expertise.

Can't really recommend this one except for the historical value via a glimpse of some of '30's Hollywood's great extras and character actors. A rainy day movie - but it is only 70 minutes long and doesn't kill enough bad weather time.


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