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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

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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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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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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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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

[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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Wearin' of the Green
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Traditional
Played by the marching band as Parnell visits New York
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Incredible miscasting
21 November 2004 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If one were to see the movie Captain Boycott and see Robert Donat in a brief cameo as Charles Stewart Parnell making a speech you would be seeing a far closer portrayal to the real Parnell then Clark Gable gave in this film. Myrna Loy wasn't too much better as Kitty O'Shea, both the leads looked like they had something else on their minds.

The real Charles Stewart Parnell was a great Irish patriot who by force of intellect and oratory rose to the head of the Irish party in the House of Commons. During the 1880s the members for Ireland in Parliament under Parnell's leadership held the balance of power between the Conservatives and Liberals. If the whole business with his affair with Mrs. O'Shea had not come to light, Ireland might very well have gotten it's own parliament and essentially home rule which was Parnell's goal. He accomplished this all the while clinging to his Protestant faith. The fact that Parnell was a Protestant was not mentioned at all in this film.

Also, the key to Parnell's downfall was his haughtiness. He was not an easy guy to like. He was a great Irish patriot, but he was also haughty and arrogant. When he was brought down by a back street affair come to light, even a lot of his allies weren't unhappy at his political demise.

Before the affair came to light, his enemies tried another gambit with some forged letters that purported to show Parnell's complicity in the assassinations of Lord Fredrick Cavendish and his secretary in Phoenix Park in Dublin in 1881. The trial scenes were the best in the film and it might have been a good film had they stuck to that of course with someone else playing Parnell. The best performance in the film is that of George Zucco who was Parnell's attorney, Sir Charles Russell. Running a close second in acting is Alan Marshal who plays Myrna Loy's husband, Captain O'Shea who thinks by pimping his wife to Parnell he can advance his own career.

Gable took ribbing for this film the rest of his life and even he admitted it laid an ostrich egg.


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