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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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Taglines:

90 MERRY MINUTES OF SCREEN JOY! (original poster-all caps) 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

On all publicity material (lobby cards, posters, etc.) printed for the 1948 Favorite Films reissue, Charley Chase's name is omitted, while Billy Gilbert's name is included, even though his role as a fur trader was cut from the final release print of the film. 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

Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
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Kelly the Second was a partially amusing Hal Roach comedy starring Patsy Kelly and Charlie Chase
15 June 2009 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Just watched this Hal Roach feature on the TCM site on the recommendation of Mark Evanier. In this one, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams plays a truck driver who inadvertently takes Patsy Kelly's car when it gets stuck on his bumper. That makes Ms. Kelly late for her job at Charlie Chase's drug store. I'll stop there and just say that a fight erupts during the beginning sequence which results in Williams in a new boxing career with Kelly and Chase putting all their hopes on him. Also appearing is Edward Brophy as Chase's eventual partner in the venture and Pert Kelton as his girlfriend who tries to drive a wedge between Kelly and Williams. There's also a cute cameo by "Our Gang" member Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer. Director Gus Meins, another "Our Gang" veteran, brings some energy to the proceedings though the movie is uneven at best. Still, there's a few funny visual gags like the "pop" noises whenever someone thinks shots are being fired or the reactions of Williams when he hears "The Irish Washerwoman" being played. I also liked a scene when he tries to eat something while he still has his gloves on! So on that note, Kelly the Second is worth a look. P.S. I recognized one of the boxing patrons as Max Davidson who had previously starred in his own silent series of Hal Roach comedies from the '20s.


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