I Found Stella Parish (1935)

78 or 84-85 mins | Drama | 16 November 1935

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Cinematographer:

Sid Hickox

Editor:

William Clemens

Production Designer:

Robert Haas

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working title, and the title of John Monk Saunder's story was The Judas Tree . In pre-release, it was also entitled Stella Parrish . According to a news item in HR , Mary McCall, Jr. was originally signed to write the ... More Less

The film's working title, and the title of John Monk Saunder's story was The Judas Tree . In pre-release, it was also entitled Stella Parrish . According to a news item in HR , Mary McCall, Jr. was originally signed to write the screenplay. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
2 Nov 35
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jun 35
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Aug 35
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Oct 35
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
23 Oct 35
p. 14.
Motion Picture Herald
26 Oct 35
p. 57.
Motion Picture Herald
2 Nov 35
p. 60.
New York Times
4 Nov 35
p. 24.
Variety
6 Nov 35
p. 20.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Judas Tree
Stella Parrish
Release Date:
16 November 1935
Production Date:
began 19 August 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
26 December 1935
Copyright Number:
LP6017
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
78 or 84-85
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1550
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Theatrical producer Stephen Norman is in love with his leading lady, Stella Parish, an American actress who has risen to stardom in England. Although she admires him, she refuses to marry him and conceals from him the fact that she is already married and has a six-year-old daughter Gloria, who lives in the country with Nana, Stella's companion. When Clifton Jeffords, Stella's husband and Gloria's father, tries to blackmail Stella, she decides to leave for America with Nana and Gloria. Stephen's friend, journalist Keith Lockridge, follows Stella, now disguised as an old lady, on board ship. Penetrating Stella's disguise, Keith befriends her and discovers her secret, that Gloria was born in prison where Stella was innocently being held for a murder her husband committed. After she was pardoned, she changed her name and moved to England, where Stephen made her a success. After Keith writes the story, he realizes that Stella was innocent and tries unsuccessfully to stop the paper from printing it. Knowing that the notoriety will ruin their lives and her career, Stella sends Gloria and Nana back to England. Meanwhile, Stella exploits the scandal for money. Eventually, she is reduced to appearing in a burlesque theater. In London, Keith begs Stephen to put Stella back on the legitimate stage. Stephen reluctantly agrees, but Stella's confidence has been destroyed. Opening night, when Stella learns that Gloria is in the audience and that Keith is responsible for her comeback, she realizes that she loves him and her dignity is ... +


Theatrical producer Stephen Norman is in love with his leading lady, Stella Parish, an American actress who has risen to stardom in England. Although she admires him, she refuses to marry him and conceals from him the fact that she is already married and has a six-year-old daughter Gloria, who lives in the country with Nana, Stella's companion. When Clifton Jeffords, Stella's husband and Gloria's father, tries to blackmail Stella, she decides to leave for America with Nana and Gloria. Stephen's friend, journalist Keith Lockridge, follows Stella, now disguised as an old lady, on board ship. Penetrating Stella's disguise, Keith befriends her and discovers her secret, that Gloria was born in prison where Stella was innocently being held for a murder her husband committed. After she was pardoned, she changed her name and moved to England, where Stephen made her a success. After Keith writes the story, he realizes that Stella was innocent and tries unsuccessfully to stop the paper from printing it. Knowing that the notoriety will ruin their lives and her career, Stella sends Gloria and Nana back to England. Meanwhile, Stella exploits the scandal for money. Eventually, she is reduced to appearing in a burlesque theater. In London, Keith begs Stephen to put Stella back on the legitimate stage. Stephen reluctantly agrees, but Stella's confidence has been destroyed. Opening night, when Stella learns that Gloria is in the audience and that Keith is responsible for her comeback, she realizes that she loves him and her dignity is restored. +

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