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I Found Stella Parish (1935)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 16 November 1935 (USA)
A theatrical star abruptly leaves England to escape her secret past, while a newspaper reporter follows her trail to America to get the scoop.

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Cast

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Stella Parish
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Keith Lockridge
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Stephan Norman
Sybil Jason ...
Gloria Parish
Jessie Ralph ...
Nana
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Clifton Jeffords
Eddie Acuff ...
Dimmie
Joe Sawyer ...
Chuck (as Joseph Sawyer)
Walter Kingsford ...
Harry Beresford ...
James
Robert Strange ...
Jed Duffy
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Storyline

Stella Parish, star of the London stage, keeps her private life a secret. After an opening night triumph, her mysterious past catches up with her and she vanishes before the after-party. When Ms. Parish doesn't show up, Keith Lockridge, an ace newspaper reporter, at first assumes it to be a publicity stunt. But producer Stephan Norman receives word that Stella is leaving the country. Lockridge is able to track Stella to a ship bound for America, where she is traveling under a false name and wearing a disguise. Aboard the ship Lockridge befriends Stella and her young daughter Gloria. In New York he becomes very close to Stella (now without the disguise) and Gloria, all the while digging up the details of Stella's sordid past. Stella confesses her love for Lockridge after he's already wired his story to his newspaper. With the truth out in the open, Stella sends Gloria to be raised abroad while she exploits her notorious reputation onstage. Sorry for the mess he's made, Lockridge does ... Written by Jimmy L.

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A GLORIOUS ROMANCE THAT FLAMED WITH BRILLIANT INTENSITY! (original print ad - all caps)

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Drama | Romance

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16 November 1935 (USA)  »

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Amores Trágicos  »

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Trivia

There was a widely held belief that young man in a wig and period costume appearing in a scene with Kay Francis in "I Found Stella Parish" was a young Errol Flynn. As reported by Rudy Behlmer in the March 1970 issue of "Films in Review" the writer and his collaborators, Clifford McCarthy and Tony Thomas concluded that the Flynn lookalike is actually Ralph Bushman (a.k.a. Francis X. Bushman Jr.) See more »

Quotes

Gloria Parish: Am I a wonderful actress like you?
Stella Parish, an alias of Elsa Jeffords, aka Aunt Lumilla Evans: Wonderful's a pretty big word for a little girl like you, but I think you'll do.
Gloria Parish: When I grow up, will I be a wonderful actress?
Stella Parish, an alias of Elsa Jeffords, aka Aunt Lumilla Evans: If you work hard, perhaps. Do you want to be?
Gloria Parish: Rather! I'd like that better than anything. Don't you, Mommy?
Stella Parish, an alias of Elsa Jeffords, aka Aunt Lumilla Evans: You know what I like better than anything, better than the best roles I've ever had, better than the theaters and all the people in them, better than anything in this whole wide world, don't you?
Gloria Parish: Yes, Mommy, I do. It's Nana.
Stella Parish, an alias of Elsa Jeffords, aka Aunt Lumilla Evans: No.
Gloria Parish:
Stella Parish, an alias of Elsa Jeffords, aka Aunt Lumilla Evans:
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

The Pig and the Cow (and the Dog and Cat)
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played by Kay Francis on the piano
Sung by Sybil Jason
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Kay at her peak
21 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Super melodramatic sudser with Kay suffering and suffering and suffering and the audience suspending disbelief. If you can do that you'll enjoy this exercise in excess.

Kay is as usual dressed in high fashion throughout. A kaleidescope of 30's fashion, which was what the public expected from a Kay Francis vehicle at the time and it's easy to see why. Due to her height, slenderness and perfect posture she's able to carry off even the most exaggerated clothes. However the clothes only take the film so far and the story that it's pegged on is the usual preposterousness that was also a regular component her films. Supported by a good cast, although Ian Hunter is rather stiff as the male lead, Kay plays one ridiculous situation after another with complete conviction. This was one of her biggest hits.


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