In Hollywood with Potash and Perlmutter


Release Date: September 28, 1924

Status: Released

Running time: 1h 10m


In Hollywood with Potash and Perlmutter (1924) is an American silent comedy film, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, released through Associated First National Pictures, and directed by Alfred E. Green.

A sequel of sorts, the Jewish ethnic comedy characters of Potash and Perlmutter return from their 1923 debut film, also produced by Goldwyn, but with a different actor for Potash. The films were based on Potash and Perlmutter a play by Charles Klein and Montague Glass which opened on Broadway in 1913 and ran for 441 performances. This sequel also adapted the play Business Before Pleasure by Montague Glass and Jules Eckert Goodman which opened in 1917 for 357 performances.Alexander Carr returned for his role as Perlmutter but his longtime partner from the Broadway plays and the 1923 movie, Barney Bernard, died in March 1924, before this film got underway. Bernard was only 45 but always looked considerably older than he was. George Sidney, soon to be famous in another Jewish series The Cohens & the Kellys, picks up the part of Potash where Barney Bernard left off.

They would return again in 1926 in Partners Again (1926). Goldwyn had evidently been familiar with this series of Jewish-themed stories, written by Montague Glass and mounted as a Broadway play in 1913, back when he was a glove salesman, and produced these film versions over the objections of the other Jewish moguls of Hollywood.

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