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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 »


John M. Stahl


John Van Druten (screen play), S.N. Behrman (screen play) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Parnell
Myrna Loy ... Katie
Edna May Oliver ... Aunt Ben
Edmund Gwenn ... Campbell
Alan Marshal ... Willie
Donald Crisp ... Davitt
Billie Burke ... Clara
Berton Churchill ... The O'Gorman Mahon
Donald Meek ... Murphy
Montagu Love ... Gladstone
Byron Russell Byron Russell ... Healy
Brandon Tynan Brandon Tynan ... Redmond
Phyllis Coghlan Phyllis Coghlan ... Ellen (as Phillis Coghlan)
Neil Fitzgerald Neil Fitzgerald ... Pigott / Dr. Gillespie
George Zucco ... Sir Charles Russell


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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Release Date:

4 June 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La vie privée du tribun See more »


Box Office


$1,547,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film received its initial television broadcast in Los Angeles Thursday 9 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Portland OR 20 July 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by Chicago 10 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Philadelphia 13 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Memphis 18 August 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), by New Haven CT 27 August 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), by Altoona PA 13 September 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10) and by New York City 6 November 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); in San Francisco it was first telecast 1 June 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and in Minneapolis 12 November 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11). See more »


[Parnell tries to convince Mrs. O'Shea of his love]
Charles Stewart Parnell: Have you never felt there might be someone, somewhere who, if you could meet them, was the person that you'd been always meant to meet? Have you never felt that?
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Là ci darem la mano
from "Don Giovanni" (1787) (uncredited)
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Excerpt played on piano by Myrna Loy
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Parnell's story brought to the silver screen
26 May 2012 | by barryrdSee all my reviews

The character of Parnell has interested me ever since I read James Joyce's Ulysses. I caught this movie by accident when channel surfing and landed on TCM, the source of many old movie nuggets. "Parnell" brings us some first rate actors, from Clark Gable to Myrna Loy, Edmund Gwyn and Donald Crisp. The viewer sees the main outline of the controversy involving Charles Parnell and Kitty O'Shea and its impact on the Irish Free State bill. The movie is dressed up in melodrama with violin music to the strains of Irish ballads. This cloying treatment, not unusual in Hollywood, does not detract from the story of a great man and the overlooked merits of this film. Parnell brought the Irish factions together to achieve a significant breakthrough in his time and might have saved many troubles. Parnell was the stuff of greatness and his story has been enshrined in history and literature. We know that the struggle for Ireland continued beyond his life; still, his story reverberates. This movie gives a sense of the tragedy but the poor sound and grainy film are a bit of an irritation. Also, the choice of Clark Gable, Hollywood's rugged icon of the 1930's, for the role of Parnell, falls flat. This is unfortunate because the movie is far from a disaster. Nevertheless, I would like to see a film with a more complete story, with more character development and background. It would tell the epic tale of Parnell's achievements and the forces that shaped Ireland in the late nineteenth century. The British movie industry does those period movies very well. This movie gives us a taste of that history.

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