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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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Gloria Parish: Am I a wonderful actress like you?
Stella Parish, an alias of Elsa Jeffords, aka Aunt Lumilla Evans: Wonderful's a pretty big word for a little girl like you, but I think you'll do.
Gloria Parish: When I grow up, will I be a wonderful actress?
Stella Parish, an alias of Elsa Jeffords, aka Aunt Lumilla Evans: If you work hard, perhaps. Do you want to be?
Gloria Parish: Rather! I'd like that better than anything. Don't you, Mommy?
Stella Parish, an alias of Elsa Jeffords, aka Aunt Lumilla Evans: You know what I like better than anything, better than the best roles I've ever had, better than the theaters and all the people in them, better than anything in this whole wide world, don't you?
Gloria Parish: Yes, Mommy, I do. It's Nana.
Stella Parish, an alias of Elsa Jeffords, aka Aunt Lumilla Evans: No.
Gloria Parish:
Stella Parish, an alias of Elsa Jeffords, aka Aunt Lumilla Evans:
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Movies on Sundays (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Powder My Back
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung by the chorus at the burlesque
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A potboiler of a soap opera... exactly what the audience wanted
10 April 2019 | by tr-83495See all my reviews

A potboiling soap opera with Kay Francis decked out in all the most exaggerated finery of the day.

Emotions abound throughout as logic and reason are cast to the wind. This is what they were aiming toward and what the audience wanted. They expected Kay Francis to suffer and emote and play on the heartstrings of some innocent man.

Her actions in this film are so illogical that they can only be seen as the conveyance to situations where Francis can suffer and emote even more.

They pulled it off fairly well.


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