Potash and Perlmutter
- Montague Glass, with assistance from an uncredited Charles Klein, based this three-act comedy, produced by A. H. Woods, on a series of short stories he wrote for the Saturday Evening Post. The play opened on 15 August 1913 for a whopping 441 performances. Mawruss Perlmutter and Abe Potash, two garment merchants, played in the original production by Alexander Carr and Barney Bernard, are the comedy's central focus. Rife with Jewish stereotypes, the play's simple plot involves two bickering partners having to put aside petty differences to save their business from an embezzling employee. Overcoming all obstacles, Perlmutter also finds a bride in their new designer, Ruth Snyder, played by Louise Dresser. The phenomenal success of Potash and Perlmutter inspired a long series of popular sequels including Abe andMawruss (1914), Business before Pleasure (1917), His Honor Abe Potash (1919), Partners Again (1922), and Potash and Perlmutter, Detectives (1926). Potash and Perlmutter became a motion picture in 1923 with Carr and Bernard repeating their roles. With George Sidney taking over for Bernard, Carr appeared in two films, In Hollywood with Potash and Perlmutter (1924) and Partners Again (1926).
The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater. James Fisher.
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