Review: ‘I Found Stella Parish’

Powerful story of an actress and mother love. Kay Francis plays both a young woman and an aging, bespectacled aunt. As the Stella Parish of the London stage she is always a cameo of film loveliness. When she becomes an aunt to her child that she may escape detection when suddenly fleeing London and a no-good American husband, who has finally caught up with her, she is shown to be an actress of much ability.

Powerful story of an actress and mother love. Kay Francis plays both a young woman and an aging, bespectacled aunt. As the Stella Parish of the London stage she is always a cameo of film loveliness. When she becomes an aunt to her child that she may escape detection when suddenly fleeing London and a no-good American husband, who has finally caught up with her, she is shown to be an actress of much ability.

Ian Hunter is the London newspaper correspondent, friend of Stella’s legit-producer, who follows her back to America and eventually scoops the world with the story of having found the London star. Hunter gives a fine account of himself, he and the little South African discovery, Sybil Jason, being able support for Francis.

I Found Stella Parish

Production

Warner. Director Mervyn LeRoy; Producer Harry Joe Brown; Screenplay John Monk Saunders, Casey Robinson; Camera Sid Hickox; Editor William Clemens; Music Leo Forbstein (dir.); Art Director Robert M. Haas

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1935. Running time: 83 MIN.

With

Kay Francis Ian Hunter Paul Lukas Sybil Jason Jessie Ralph Barton MacLane

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