Kay Francis


'I Found Stella Parish' (1935)

Welcome to Kay Francis’
Life & Career…

 Published & Maintained by Michael O’Hanlon
On Instagram? Follow me: @mikefrom_kayfrancisfilms
Email me with any inquiries.

Click here for a 5-year personal update from me.

February 27, 2015

firstlady02123FILMS: Added a few photographs for the years when Kay was at her peak @ Warner Bros. I added three photos and a glass theater slide for Mandalay (1934). Added a photo of Kay and Verree Teasdale from Dr. Monica (1934). I added a photo of Kay applying makeup from I Found Stella Parish (1935). Three photos of Kay from Give Me Your Heart (1936). Added two photos of Kay from Stolen Holiday (1937). Added two photos, one of which is at the left, of Kay from First Lady (1937).

TELEVISION: Added two showings on TCM in May, Man Wanted & Always in My Heart

Like many, yes, I have noticed a slimming down of Kay Francis films being shown on TCM. But I think this half of the year they’re a bit busy spotlighting other things, such as “31 Days of Oscar”–though I did feel they could have done a birthday tribute for her, considering January 13, 2015 would have been Kay’s 110th birthday. In May they usually do a spotlight on minority images in film.

We’ll see what happens.

2015 is still young, so let’s hope for maybe a Kay Francis day on “Summer Under the Stars” in August, or the other 6 months of the year where she could actually be their “Star of the Month.”

But they are a major network. Like any network, they need viewers. Showing more rare films with stars like Kay DOES alienate some of their viewers. But showing a little less of her, and more of other stars & their films, helps expose people to Kay Francis who would never know her otherwise. 

There’s just a lot that goes into it.

I was just emailing with someone, and, it’s funny, I was telling them the irony of when I chose Kay as the movie star to make a website for, and how bizarre it was that all of a sudden TCM made her their “Star of the Month” in September 2008. This gave me NO excuse to miss out on recording a massive amount of her movies from TV. 

It’s almost as if Kay pulled a few strings on the other side to set the whole thing up. If you believe in that sort of stuff.

Sometimes, I do. :-)


 

February 23, 2015

houseon56thstreet221221MAGAZINES: Four covers added. One for Cine Mundial in 1936, two for Film Pictorial (both 1935), one for a 1938 Asian film magazine, Stage & Screen.

CLIPPINGS: Added a 1931 clipping with Lilyan Tashman & a 1932 clipping for Strangers in Love.

FILMS: Added a photo of the cast of Strangers in Love (1932)
Added two photos and two German Ads for One Way Passage (1932)
Added a picture of Kay aging Hollywood-style in The House on 56th Street (1933).

LINKS: Added a link to a Kay Francis page @ GarboTypes.

ENCYCLOPEDIA: Page A, under the Adrian listing, I added a link for a Facebook page dedicated to this legendary costume designer.


 

February 19, 2015

1930ottodyarMore pictures from the Paramount years:

One from Behind the Make-Up with Hal Skelly (1930)
A fashion still for A Notorious Affair (1930)
Four portraits for The Virtuous Sin (1930)
A poster for Passion Flower (1930)
A German ad for 24 Hours (1931)

For the Portraits:

Two for 1930 featuring Kay as Cleopatra.
Four for 1931 by Otto Dyar.

For the Art Gallery:
Added a c. 1936 caricature by Sotero.

Created a gallery for candid photos of Kay Francis, click here.

Enjoy,

Michael


 

February 15, 2015

girlsabouttown234065Found a new outlet for photos. As a result, I found some very interesting shots of Kay to add to the site.

Added one for For the Defense (1930)
Added one for Ladies’ Man (1931) featuring Powell, Lombard, and Kay
Added 8 shots to Girls About Town (1931)

Added two clippings from 1930. One with William Powell, the other explaining her rise from unknown stage actress to film star in merely a year.

Enjoy,

Michael


 

February 12, 2015

1945monogrampublicity1I almost dated the year as 1913 on this update… I have no idea why. That would have been funny if I missed it.

I added 10 photos to the Portraits page.

I also created a new page for the gallery: Theater Marquees. Go to view photos of Kay’s name headlining a theater.

Click here to read a 2012 Glamamor article regarding Kay Francis’ importance on today’s fashion styles.

 

Enjoy!
Michael


 

February 10, 2015:

innameonly11223Added three photos for Kay’s early freelance period:

Two for In Name Only (1939)
One for Between Us Girls (1942)

Also added a clipping for 1935 comparing Kay’s eyebrow technique to Bette Davis’ use of lipstick

Enjoy, Michael

 


 

February 07, 2015:

kayfrancisautographAdded some gorgeous photos of Kay during her peak years as the Queen of Warner Bros.:

One of her playing the piano in Mandalay (1934)
An autographed publicity shot in her white trench coat for The Goose and the Gander (1935)
The stunning close-up publicity for Give Me Your Heart (1936)
On the set of Stolen Holiday (1937)
Two photos for Another Dawn (1937), including a fashion still and one with Perc Westmore
Two photos for First Lady (1937)

Please the Misc. Page to view a check from Kay’s personal estate and a letter to a man named Paul.

Enjoy!
–Michael


February 4, 2015:

jewelrobberygermanAdded a ton of European posters to the film pages:

Guilty Hands (1931)
Jewel Robbery (1932)
Cynara (1932)
The House on 56th Street (1933)
Mandalay (1934)
Living on Velvet (1935)
The Goose and the Gander (1935)
I Found Stella Parish (1935)
Divorce (1945)

Also updated the TV PAGE for TCM showings of Kay Francis movies in March & April (none for February).

On Instagram? I recently made mine a public account for old movies/movie stars (including Kay Francis, of course). So follow me: @mikefrom_kayfrancisfilms


 January 16, 2015:

femininetouch24234Added three portraits. Two for 1931. One for 1932. One for 1936.

For the films I added:

A photo of Pat O’Brien and Kay reading on the set of Women Are Like That (1938)
A film ad for King of the Underworld (1939)
A photo for Play Girl (1941)
A photo for The Man Who Lost Himself (1941)
A photo for The Feminine Touch (1941)
A photo for Always in My Heart (1942)

Shame on you, TCM, for no birthday tribute to Kay Francis!


 

January 13, 2015

Happy 110th Birthday Kay Francis!

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“I loved Kay Francis. One of the great movie-going pleasures in the 1930s was Kay. She was exotic, poised, dark, and lovely. I did her hairstyle in a film with my good friend Roz Russell…Kay was a joy to work with. She possessed incredible eyes that were very expressive. She wore hats and turbans with such style and grace. She was very elegant on and off the screen.” —Sidney Guilaroff


 

January 11, 2015:

piccollonovember181937Added a review for The False Madonna (1931). Also added the movie herald.

For the other film pages I added:

A German poster for The White Angel (1936)
A German poster for Another Dawn (1937)
Added a poster for Women Are Like That (1938)
Added a poster for My Bill (1938)

I added six magazine covers:

De Film (1935)
Film Weekly (1932)
Il Libro Favorito (1935)
Le Film (1935, with Leslie Howard)
Piccolo (1937)
Picturegoer (1937)

I also added a 1930 clipping of Kay Francis as Cleopatra.

Finally, there are three new portraits. One each for 1929, 1930, and 1934, respectively.

Best of luck for the week. Remember: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 will be Kay Francis’ 110th Birthday!

Michael


 

January 9, 2015:

ifoundstellaparishad232Added a review for The Virtuous Sin (1930). Going to try to have every Kay Francis movie reviewed for this site as this year’s resolution!

To the film pages, I added:

Two photos for Street of Women.
Polish trade ads for The Keyhole and House on 56th Street.
A photo of Kay and Gene Raymond for House on 56th Street.
An ad for I Found Stella Parish.

Enjoy, Michael.


 

January 4, 2015:

Added a review for Between Us Girls and also added a review and background information for Four Jills in a Jeep.

Just realized that I don’t have many more films left before I can say I’ve seen every movie Kay Francis has ever appeared in. I had reviewed Dangerous Curves a few years ago, but I seem to have lost the document on my computer. The next time I watch it is when I’ll review it.

This means the only later film of Kay’s left for me to review is Charley’s Aunt. That only leaves me with her Paramount films to watch: The Cocoanuts, The Marriage Playground, Let’s Go Native, The Virtuous Sin, Scandal Sheet, The Vice Squad, and The False Madonna.

Illusion is, unfortunately, a lost film. With the start of a New Year (and impending college graduation in May) maybe this will be the year to complete the task!

I actually just ordered a DVD copy of Virtuous Sin. Interested to see that since it has Walter Huston, Kay’s future husband Kenneth MacKenna, and it’s actually one of Kay’s larger roles from Paramount.

Some of her other Paramount movies I’m reluctant to view. From what I have read they’re a bit stale, and she appears in few scenes. We’ll see what happens.

Michael


 

January 1, 2015:

Added a review for 1934’s British Agent.


 

December 28, 2014:

I would like to introduce a new site feature:

A Kay Francis Encyclopedia.

It is being published in conjunction with the upcoming 5 year anniversary of this website. I still have a few more things to add to it, but on the whole that’s exactly how it will be formatted.

As you all know I usually do continuous site updates. I’ve been MIA since the week of Thanksgiving between switching hosts and formatting the encyclopedia so the dust should be starting to settle soon, and I’ll be going back to the normal way I update this site.

Of course I was inspired to complete the feature by Stephanie Jones’ work on the Joan Crawford: Best of Everything website. As Stephanie and I have had frequent communication going on almost 10 years (including a visit to Crawford’s final resting place), her work for Crawford really has been inspiring for me to do a similar piece for Kay.

Enjoy,

Michael

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