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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 »

Director:

John M. Stahl

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La vie privée du tribun See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,547,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,576,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Crawford was originally assigned the role of Katie O'Shea but left before shooting began because of differences with director John M. Stahl. She switched roles with Myrna Loy, who had been assigned to The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937). See more »

Quotes

Charles Stewart Parnell: Ours could be a great love story, Katie.
Mrs. Katie O'Shea: Great love stories are always unhappy ones.
Charles Stewart Parnell: Then I hope ours *won't* be great.
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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 wes-connorsSee 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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