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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.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Casey Robinson (screen play), John Monk Saunders (story "The Judas Tree")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kay Francis ... Stella Parish
Ian Hunter ... Keith Lockridge
Paul Lukas ... Stephan Norman
Sybil Jason ... Gloria Parish
Jessie Ralph ... Nana
Barton MacLane ... Clifton Jeffords
Eddie Acuff ... Dimmie
Joe Sawyer ... Chuck (as Joseph Sawyer)
Walter Kingsford ... Reeves
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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Judas Tree See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Wednesday 28 November 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Portland OR Tuesday 29 January 1957 on KLOR (Channel 12), in Columbus Tuesday 25 June 1957 on WTVN (Channel 6), and in Bloomington IN Wednesday 4 September 1957 on WTTV (Channel 4). See more »

Quotes

Stephen Norman: But this isn't *like* her.
Keith Lockridge: Nothing's like anyone till after they've done it.
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Referenced in Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Wot Cher!
(1891) (uncredited)
aka "Knock'd 'em in the Old Kent Road"
Music by Charles Ingle
Lyrics by Albert Chevalier
Sung by the patrons in the pub
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She found a reason to go on
1 March 2014 | by jarrodmcdonald-1See all my reviews

I Found Stella Parish masterfully engages the viewer. It is very stylized hokum, but yet it is sincere and rather poignant. Kay Francis plays an actress with a secret past that involves having given birth to a child out of wedlock. Taking a break from her stage career, she decides to focus on her role as a mother and travels incognito with her daughter, played by Sybil Jason. It's a nice bit of casting, and their performances nicely complement each other.

Three years later, Warners would reunite Francis and Jason on screen in Comet Over Broadway. Once again, they are mother and daughter, and once again Miss Francis is an actress.


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