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Parnell (1937)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 4 June 1937 (USA)
The life of Irish politician Charles Stewart Parnell, following from 1880 onward his struggle to secure Home Rule, pursued in prison, Parliament, and elsewhere. Emphasis is on the ... See full summary »

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The O'Gorman Mahon
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Murphy
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Healy
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The life of Irish politician Charles Stewart Parnell, following from 1880 onward his struggle to secure Home Rule, pursued in prison, Parliament, and elsewhere. Emphasis is on the relationship with married Katie O'Shea which threatens to bring all Parnell's plans to ruin. Moderately accurate historically. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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4 June 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La vie privée du tribun  »

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Budget:

$1,547,000 (estimated)

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$1,576,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial television broadcasts in Los Angeles Thursday 9 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelpha Tuesday 13 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) and by New York City Wednesday 6 November 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); in San Francisco it was first telecast 1 June 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Quotes

[while visiting America, Parnell gives some money to a poor family]
Poor man: It's little wonder why they call him the King of Ireland.
Sheriff: The *uncrowned* King.
Poor woman: He'll get his crown in heaven.
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Soundtracks

God Save Ireland
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Sung by the party members after the trial
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Give Ireland Back to the Irish
7 May 2013 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

After a two-month visit to America, Irish-accented Clark Gable (as Charles Stewart Parnell) returns to 1880 Ireland. There, he is treated like an uncrowned King. As you might have guessed, the English oppose Mr. Gable's advocacy of independence for the Irish. Gable is drawn into an uneasy political alliance with Alan Marshal (as William "Willie" O'Shea) and begins a relationship with Mr. Marshall's wife, Myrna Loy (as Katie Wood). His enemies use Gable's affair with Ms. Loy for political gain...

This fine looking MGM production is clearly dependent upon a captivating and passionate lead performance from its star. A subdued Gable is unable deliver. Distracting in his fluctuating sideburns, Gable does not excel in biographical characterizations. They should have shipped it to Paul Muni at Warner Bros. Or, made the story more exciting. This is an unexciting adaptation of the Irish hero's life. The romance with Loy is also a bore. And, the direction given by John M. Stahl makes it feel twice as long.

*** Parnell (6/4/37) John M. Stahl ~ Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Alan Marshal, Edna May Oliver


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