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Parrish (1961)

 -  Drama  -  4 May 1961 (USA)
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Parrish McLean lives with his mother Ellen on Sala Post's tobacco plantation in the Connecticut River Valley. His mother winds up marrying Sala's rival Judd Raike, ruthless planter who ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Parrish McLean
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Ellen McLean
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Judd Raike
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Sala Post
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Lucy
Diane McBain ...
Alison Post
Sharon Hugueny ...
Paige Raike
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Teet Howie
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Edgar Raike
David Knapp ...
Wiley Raike
Sandra Edwards ...
Evaline Raike (as Saundra Edwards)
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Eileen
Bibi Osterwald ...
Rosie
Madeleine Sherwood ...
Addie
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Tom Weldon
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Parrish McLean lives with his mother Ellen on Sala Post's tobacco plantation in the Connecticut River Valley. His mother winds up marrying Sala's rival Judd Raike, ruthless planter who wants to drive Sala out of business. Judd insists that Parrish learn the business from the ground up. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Looking for something. Wanting everything. Troy Donahue brings new passion to the screen as Parrish. See more »

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4 May 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bonecas de Carne  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia

In the scene in Raike's office where Raike to Parrish about irrigation, he mentions that "it just so happens that Sekulovich is irrigating" his fields. Sekulovich is Karl Malden's real name. He would often manage to work his name into dialogue, as most famously in Patton. See more »

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Lucy tells Parrish that tobacco poisoning is like poison ivy "only you only get it ONCE." In the next sentence she says "I sure was scared the FIRST time I got it." See more »

Quotes

Gramma: You'll go to hell, Lucy. Mark my words. Right to the fiery place!
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Soundtracks

Secret Love
Written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster
Sung at the Raike's homecoming
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I admit it - I love Troy Donahue. His movies are guilty pleasures.
15 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a semi-guilty pleasure. In some ways it retains the sheen and talents at the waning days of the big studio machine, and that's a plus. It's soapy, melodramatic and over-the-top, which is certainly entertaining if you don't look for Art with a capital A. And there is a visual lushness in the cinematography not to mention the emphasis on physical lushness, eg Troy Donahue and Diane McBain, and some of the other characters, all dressed to the nines in suits, ties, contrasting sharp vests, crinolined party dresses, preppy red v-neck sweaters backdropped against a blue sky on an impossibly handsome blond Adonis. I can't even say anymore if Troy Donahue is a good actor. I just like watching and listening to him, and I think he does have a certain conviction- his earnestness - which lends authenticity to his performances. Others call him wooden. I think he's more than good, and under-rated. (And my eyes can't get enough of his physical beauty.) Then there's Diane McBain, who I scantly know but is right up there with Donahue - breathtakingly beautiful. Claudette is okay, but the part itself is anachronistic and annoying - a bit long-suffering and stoic, as her parts often are - in a role that demands she ignore a cruel, brutish, crass man she marries. And rounding out the pluses, I love Max Steiner's lush, anachronistic score. The negatives do abound: the script is a bit shrill and melodramatic, which you expect of soap operas of that period. I can't decide if Karl Malden is dynamic or excessive, though he's always effective. Connie Steven was never my perky cup of tea. Dean Jagger caught my attention as a gentle father-figure, and touched me deeply. Ultimately, my feelings are colored by the bias of nostalgia. I very young when it was released, and have some residual nostalgia for what I remember and miss from that era. Someone twenty years old would find it mostly silly, I think.


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