Parrish (1961)

Unrated  |   |  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:
Parrish McLean
Ellen McLean
Judd Raike
Sala Post
Diane McBain ...
Alison Post
Sharon Hugueny ...
Paige Raike
Teet Howie
Edgar Raike
David Knapp ...
Wiley Raike
Sandra Edwards ...
Evaline Raike (as Saundra Edwards)
Bibi Osterwald ...
Madeleine Sherwood ...
Tom Weldon


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 <>

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Release Date:

4 May 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bonecas de Carne  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Long shot shows Parrish and Paige in a convertible with the top down, but when the closeups come, the top is up. See more »


Gramma: You'll go to hell, Lucy. Mark my words. Right to the fiery place!
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Secret Love
Written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster
Sung at the Raike's homecoming
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Better than expected; good production standards
17 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this film is hardly at risk of being called the greatest movie ever made, it's also not bad...a decent film.

If I have one complaint about the film it's the role played by one of my favorite character actors -- Karl Malden. Playing the "bad" father shouldn't have meant that it had to be over the top, and Malden really goes over the top here. It's a shame; he was normally a very fine actor. I'm guessing the blame lies with the director and/or screenwriters who apparently didn't understand that most people -- unless they're bipolar -- have a rather even demeanor most of the time.

Probably the best acting in the film is by veteran character actor Dean Jagger. His presence is a blessing in any movie, and certainly in this film.

The lead -- Troy Donahue -- whose talent was about as shallow as a summer stream -- actually does fairly well here. Other than a handsome face and blonde hair, there certainly wasn't much to the skinny, almost puny (though tall) actor. While not a memorable performance by any stretch of the imagination (were any of his roles?), he plays the part satisfactorily.

This was Claudette Colbert's final big screen appearance, and she is always a welcome presence in virtually any film. What a shame she walked away from movies. What a wonderful, wonderful actress.

The plot here is quite good, and production values were high, and much of it filmed on location. It's a longer-than-average movie, but it still ended rather abruptly (and predictably). Recommended, with reservations.

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