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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 ... 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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Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Budget:

$1,547,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original play opened in New York on 11 November 1935. See more »

Quotes

[while visiting America, Parnell gives some money to a poor family]
Poor man: It's little wonder why they call him the King of Ireland.
Sheriff: The *uncrowned* King.
Poor woman: He'll get his crown in heaven.
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Soundtracks

God Save Ireland
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Sung by the party members after the trial
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Everyone Did Better Work Elsewhere
26 March 2018 | by Eric266See all my reviews

Parnell is one of those costume dramas that had a good idea, but the execution just didn't work. I'm a huge Gable and Loy fan, but it was hard sitting through this movie. As perfect as Gable would be as Rhett Butler two years later, he was completely wrong for Parnell. Equally, Myrna Loy was tremendous as Nora Charles in the two Thin Man movies prior to this film, but the chemistry between her and Gable in this film is bad, real bad. The love affair felt rushed and poorly scripted and the two actors, who were really good together in Manhattan Melodrama and Wife Vs. Secretary, just didn't seem to connect in this film. It makes me think it was either the writing or the directing.

As far as the historical aspects go, this is also poorly handled. The romance between Parnell and the married Katie O'Shea was more sordid and scandalous than depicted in the movie. Parnell fathered three children with Katie which is never mentioned. Parnell also sported a full beard which Gable refused to do. Lastly, Parnell was a more sensitive character while Gable plays him as he does most of his roles, a man's man. This movie also nearly cost us Gable playing Rhett Butler. The reception and box office on this movie was so bad, Gable threatened never to do another historical costume drama and had to be convinced to play Rhett Butler. Whew. Thank god he changed his mind.

If you like the actors involved, its a nice companion to some of their other pairings, but its easily the worst films of their careers.


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