Parrish (film)

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For other uses, see Parrish (disambiguation).
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Delmer Daves
Produced by Delmer Daves
Written by Delmer Daves
Mildred Savage (novel)
Starring Troy Donahue
Claudette Colbert
Karl Malden
Dean Jagger
Connie Stevens
Diane McBain
Sharon Hugueny
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Harry Stradling Sr.
Edited by Owen Marks
Warner Bros.
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) May 4, 1961
Running time 138 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $4.2 million (US/ Canada rentals) [1]

Parrish is a 1961 drama film made by Warner Bros.. It was written, produced and directed by Delmer Daves, based on the novel by Mildred Savage. The music score was by Max Steiner, the cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr., the art direction by Leo K. Kuter and the costume design by Howard Shoup.

The film stars Troy Donahue, Claudette Colbert, Karl Malden and Dean Jagger, with Connie Stevens, Diane McBain, Sharon Hugueny, Sylvia Miles, Madeleine Sherwood and Hayden Rorke. The film marked Claudette Colbert's last role on the big screen.

Soundtrack recording Max Steiner composed the film score. On this film he made use of his belief that "every character should have a theme." The Warner Bros. Records soundtrack (WS-1413) recording used five of the film's main themes in both a short version and a concerto versions. In addition to the "Tobacco Theme," (for tobacco heir Parrish McLean), "Paige's Theme," "Allison's Theme," "Lucy's Theme," and "Ellen's Theme;" the soundtrack included Steiner's song, "Someday I'll Meet You Again." Max Steiner conducted the Warner Bros. Orchestra, and the featured artist was George Greeley as guest pianist. George Greeley was also featured on a number of singles issued by Warner Brothers.


The movie shows the story of conflict between a young independently minded man and his stepfather, a ruthless tobacco tycoon.

Young Parrish McLean and his mother live on Sala Post's tobacco plantation in the state of Connecticut. His mother marries Post's ambitious rival, Judd Raike, who then sets about ruining Post.

They were growing Connecticut Shade Tobacco, extensively visible in some scenes.



Parts of the movie were shot in East Windsor and Poquonock (Windsor), Connecticut. The original director was Joshua Logan until Daves replaced him.


  1. ^ "All-Time Top Grossers", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 69

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