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Parrish (1961)





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Parrish McLean (Troy Donahue) is and aid to the wealthy tobacco baron Judd (Karl Malden). When Judd marries Parrish's mother (Claudette Colbert), he quits his job. He sets out to become a small tobacco farmer and challenges the Connecticut tobacco monopoly.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Delmer Daves
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 27, 2009
Warner Home Video


Troy Donahue
as Parrish McLean
Claudette Colbert
as Ellen McLean
Karl Malden
as Judd Raike
Dean Jagger
as Sala Post
Diane McBain
as Alison Post
Sharon Hugueny
as Paige Raike
Dub Taylor
as Teet Howie
Hampton Fancher
as Edgar Raike
David Knapp
as Wiley Raike
Saundra Edwards
as Evaline Raike
Hope Summers
as Mary Howie
Terry Carter
as Cartwright
Ford Rainey
as John Donati
Sara Taft
as Gramma
Wade Dumas
as Maples
Hayden Rorke
as Tom Weldon
Irene Windust
as Maizie Weldon
Donald Dillaway
as Max Maine
Gertrude Flynn
as Miss Daly
House Jameson
as Oermeyer
Ken Allen
as Lemmie
Karen Norris
as Operator
Carroll O'Connor
as Fire Chief
Michael Sean
as Bellhop
Martin Eric
as Mr. Gilliam
Vincent Gardenia
as Gas Station Attendan...
Bernie Richards
as Bandleader
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Critic Reviews for Parrish

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

This Peyton Place meets Tobacco Road pic might be scenic, but its dialogue is risible and its dreary story line is as noxious as smoking.

Full Review… | March 12, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A schmaltzy family melodrama starring the handsome Troy Donahue at the height of his popularity as a heartthrob.

Full Review… | May 5, 2011

Full Review… | November 6, 2001

Audience Reviews for Parrish

Overbaked melodrama with a wooden leading man. The trimmings are sumptuous but the story is trite and except for old pros Claudette Colbert, who looks great and is beautifully gowned, and Dean Jagger the acting is strictly dinner theatre quality. Karl Malden deserves special mention for offering a performance so over the top that its a wonder there was any scenery left after he gets done chewing on it.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A beautifully packaged Tobacco Road version of "Peyton Place" ,complete with the really sappy music, the Menage a Trois~ish Entaglement of having three relationships going at the same time for Troy Donahue's character Parrish McLean, with his Mother(Claudette Colbert) marrying the Ego Maniacal Tobacco Barron who Parrish hates & is trying to be the undoing of him & his former Boss at a rival Tobacco Grower (Dean Jagger).Very much the Movie Soap Opera the 60's, & the Pretty Boy Troy Donahue, were known for.Juicy in content, & Lovely to Look at not just because of it's lovely sets & scenery, so beautifully shot, but it's well chosen bevy of beauties that include Connie Stevens, Diane McBain, & Sharon Hugueny, all Love interests that complicate the life of Parrish McLean(Troy Donahue).Great acting by Karl Malden as Judd Raike as the Valley Tobacco Power Lord & Parrish's Overbearing Step father.

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