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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)

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Drama | Romance

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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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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

Stella Parish, an alias of Elsa Jeffords, aka Aunt Lumilla Evans: We Americans are a fun-loving people; we pay most anything just to look at a freak. That's what I am now--a freak--a headline. I'm hot stuff. The public will eat me up, and I'll make 'em pay for it.
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Connections

Referenced in Movies on Sundays (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

The Pig and the Cow (and the Dog and Cat)
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played by Kay Francis on the piano
Sung by Sybil Jason
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kay francis in disguise.
10 April 2019 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Kay Francis had started out a couple years back when the talkies were just starting. Here, she's Stella, a British stage star who runs off to Amurrica to escape her past in this Warner Brothers film. Her daughter is child-star Sybill Jason, a precocious eight year old. and her mother, played by the amazing Jessie Ralph. check her out in Bank Dick, and so many other great films. what a presence. Co-stars Ian Hunter as the newspaper guy chasing after Stella to find out what's going on. What IS the big secret ?? Pretty good story. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. From a story by John Saunders. Had won an oscar for Dawn Patrol. and wrote the 1927 version of "Wings". and was married to Fay Wray. who could ask for more? apparently that wasn't enough. offed himself at age 44.


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