The Cohens and Kellys in Hollywood


1h 13m 1932

Brief Synopsis

Small town America: the Cohens own a movie theater; the Kellys own a diner. Kitty Kelly and Maurice Cohen are young lovers; Maurice sends Kitty's picture to a movie studio, and they accept her and make her a star. Soon, the Kelly family is living the high life; they write a postcard to the Cohens, who take a polite "wish you were here" as an invitation to sell everything. The Kellys shun the Cohens, who they now see as gauche. But when sound films are introduced, Kitty is no longer a star, and composer Maurice suddenly makes his family rich (for a while) .

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 28, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 13m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

The Cohen and Kelly families have been the best of friends in the small town of Hillsboro for years. Moe and Sarah Cohen's son Melville, who is in love with Michael and Maggie Kelly's daughter Kitty, sends her picture to Continental Productions in Hollywood after they advertise for new actresses. Kitty wins a contract with the company, and her family moves to Hollywood, where they meet with success and buy a mansion. After receiving a postcard from the Kellys saying "wish you were here," the Cohens sell their theatre in Hillsboro and move to Hollywood, but are snubbed on arrival by the now snobbish Kellys. Kelly loses all his money on Kitty's next picture, which is a flop because Kitty's voice does not register well for the new sound films. Now the tables turn, and it is the Cohens who experience success, but relations are no longer friendly between the two families. Melville sells his songs to motion pictures until songs are no longer a fad in films, and the Cohens once again go broke. Chesterfield, who was a butler for both families at different times, opens an elocution school and now it is his turn for wealth. The Cohens buy back their old jalopy and return to Hillsboro. On the way, they rescue the Kellys, whose car broke down, and upon renewing their friendship, they return to the happy life in Hillsboro they once knew.

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 28, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 13m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

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Notes

The plot synopsis is based on the studio cutting continuity. Although the continuity included the song, "Where Are You?" the authors of the song have not been identified. Although the cutting continuity credits call Norman Foster's character "Melville," within the text he is called "Maurice." One scene was filmed on location at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Various renowned actors have cameos in this scene, including Genevieve Tobin, Paul Power, Boris Karloff, Vivien Dale, Anglo Stevenson, Sidney Fox, Tom Mix, Lew Ayres and Gloria Stewart. For further information on the series, see The Cohens and Kellys in Africa above and consult the Series Index.