Kay Francis


Welcome to Kay Francis’
Life & Career…

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August 31, 2015:

anotherdawninsert08ARCHIVES:Read the Love Secrets of Kay Francis!” an article by Grace Simpson which originally appeared in the July 1932 issue of Screenland.

FILMS: Okay, so I’m doing a big redo for the advertisements on the films pages. I don’t like the way the thumbnails had cropped the images for the galleries, so I decided to redo them in a different way. Also, I went back and removed annoying watermarks from cool posters which do not deserve them because the markings are from online auctioneers who do not own the images. Starting with I Found Stella Parish (1935), I went right up through Women Are Like That (1938), fixing the ads and even adding some new ones:

  1. I Found Stella Parish
  2. The White Angel
  3. Give Me Your Heart
  4. Stolen Holiday
  5. Another Dawn
  6. Confession
  7. First Lady
  8. Women Are Like That

How the ads appear on those pages are how they will, in time, appear on every film’s page. I know it lengthens the page itself, but I like it better than the strangely cropped thumbnails.

Enjoy,

Michael
(P.S. did you order any of the new Kay Francis DVDs from the Warner Bros. Archives?)


 

August 26, 1968

We Remember Kay Francis…

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August 23, 2014:

cometoverbroadwayposter0825ARCHIVES:Kay and Bill Talk About Each Other!” By Maude Cheatham. An article from the August 1934 issue of Screenland in which Kay and William Powell discuss working with each other.

FILMS: Added a review and an on the set photo from Dr. Monica (1934); three Motion Picture Herald ads for The White Angel (1936); a portrait for Secrets of an Actress (1938); a poster for Comet Over Broadway (1938); a photo, poster, and production article for King of the Underworld (1939).

DO NOT FORGET! The Warner Bros. Archive is releasing four Kay Francis classics to DVD on August 25! 

  • I Found Stella Parish
  • The White Angel
  • Confession
  • The Feminine Touch

 

August 22, 2015:

firstladywindowcardCANDID: Added two photos of Kay to the Misc. section.

FILMS: Added images for Let’s Go Native (1930), Scandal Sheet (1931), Transgression (1931), I Loved A Woman (1933), The House on 56th Street (1933) and Confession. Also added a poster for First Lady (1937).

Portraits: Added a 1935 head shot in a white coat.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: On August 25, 2015, the Warner Bros. archives are releasing I Found Stella Parish (1935), The White Angel (1936), Confession (1937) & The Feminine Touch (1941) on DVD!


 

July 20, 2015:

dangerouscurves19132ART: Added a 1936 work by J. Forrest Qualis.

CANDID: Added a 1934 candid with Maurice Chevalier; a 1935 shot with William Haines and Harpo Marx; a 1938 shot of Kay and Erik Barnekow; one 1939 shot of Kay, Miriam Hopkins & Fritz Lang; one picture of Kay and Mary Astor in 1939.

Clippings: Two new fashion spreads from 1929 & 1930, respectively.

FILMS: Added two photos of Kay with David Newell (one seen at left) from Dangerous Curves (1929). Also added a spread from the December 1929 issue of Picture Play for Behind the Makeup (1930).

PORTRAITS: Added a shot of Kay with her dog in 1929.


July 05, 2015:

1930vamp432213FILMS: Added a centerfold ad for Paramount on Parade (1930); a photo for For the Defense (1930); a photo spread for Ladies’ Man (1931), two photos for Scandal Sheet; one review for The False Madonna (1931).

Portraits: Added the 1930 portrait seen at the left.

TV: Updated the Television Schedule for KF films coming up on Turner Classic Movies.

Sorry for the lack of updates, I’m still settling into my new place and job for the next few months. Everything should be back to normal pretty soon before it’s time to pick up and move on AGAIN!

Michael


 

June 23, 2015:

divorcemphad1945ARCHIVES:Is Stardom Worth It?” A very interesting February 1939 article published in Modern Screen–one month before Kay’s notorious “I Can’t Wait to Be Forgotten” interview was published.

FILMS: Added photos from fan magazines (at the bottom of the page) and advertisements for Stolen Holiday (1937); added photos and advertisements for It’s a Date (1940), Divorce (1945) & Allotment Wives (1945).

I’M BACK! I have had to relocate across the country for the next few months for work. Very stressful, and I was unable to update the website for a time. I enjoy working on this very much. I’m just waiting for some news on a temporary apartment.

This website is now on Facebook! Have you “liked” the page? 

Enjoy the best of everything,

Michael


 

June 15, 2015:

Well, I was hesitant to do this, because I am not exactly thrilled with Facebook, but I have decided to launch a companion Facebook page for this website: http://www.facebook.com/filmsofkayfrancis

We’ll see how this works out! But I think it will be a nice way to have more day-to-day contact with KF fans. One thing about Kay, she doesn’t draw the type of negative attention that other stars (Joan Crawford) do.

June 11, 2015:

In 1934 with Kenneth MacKenna.
In 1934 with Kenneth MacKenna.

CANDID: Added two shots of Kay with husband Kenneth MacKenna; one in 1935 with famous friends, and one from 1936 with Ruth Chatterton. At the bottom of the page, a 1930 shot of Kay at home.

CLIPPINGS: Added a fashion spread from a 1932 issue of Photoplay.

PORTRAITS: Added five portraits among the following years: 1930, 1932, 1933, 1938, 1940.

Turning what seems to be a curse into something useful: insomnia–I have some pretty busy couple of weeks ahead of me. Working on this site in the late, late hours of the night enables me to at least get my brain a little beat for sleeping.


June 6, 2015:

stranded0515151pictureplay0935FILMS: Added so many wonderful photos, reviews, and advertisements to the following films:

Living on Velvet (1935)
Stranded (1935)
The White Angel (1936)
Give Me Your Heart (1936)
Another Dawn (1937)
Confession (1937)
First Lady (1937)
My Bill (1938)
Comet Over Broadway (1938)

When I first began working on this website (as far back as 2008, though it wasn’t published until 2010), I was nervous I wouldn’t be able to locate a lot of photos of Kay to keep a good gallery of images.

All these years later, I have so many images of Kay (over 2,000 photos of her on this website), it’s almost like an odd game with the internet and the past. As soon as I think I’ve seen all the KF photo sessions, one pops up and I realize just how much she really had to be pictured back then.

As someone who didn’t like getting her picture taken to begin with, I can imagine how that bothered her.

Enjoy,

Michael


 

June 1, 2015:

manwantedjun1932photoplayFILMS: Added photos and a vintage review for Man Wanted (1932); a vintage review for Mary Stevens M.D. (1933); photos, advertisements and a vintage review for The Goose and the Gander (1935), as well as photos for I Found Stella Parish (1935).

Sorry for the lack of updates–I was away in Sedona, Arizona for a week, then I came home and got some news for a position I applied for as a post-grad (which I accepted their offer)–so a lot of good stuff has been happening in my life as of lately.

Of course, I still have to work on this site for Kay. It’s a labor of love and a hobby I so much enjoy. I feel as though it’s such a positive aspect of my life; something that really means something (keeping an online database for this magnificent star).

Best of everything,

Michael


 

May 15, 2015:

june1933photoplayARCHIVES: Added two articles from Photoplay: “Just Three Years” by Leonard Hall and “Just Love and Life” by Virginia Maxwell.

FILMS: Focused on Kay’s most obscure Paramount work. Added reviews which initially appeared in Photoplay to the following films: The Virtuous Sin (1930), Scandal Sheet (1931) & The Vice Squad.

I’ll be away from home next week, so do not expect any site updates until May 24th or after.

I am very pleased with the way the archives feature is turning out. I think it’s becoming one of my favorite things to scroll through when I’m just browsing this site as a reader. I also like the Books page, and I have to look for more text copies soon. It’s very interesting to read what professional writers have to say about Kay, but I think the archives are more compelling because they were done during her time. They reveal much about her true star status, and how she was interpreted during her heyday at Warner Bros.

After her falling out with them, I find very little about her. The B movies she made at Warner Bros. definitely were not advertised to capacity. Some of her freelance work was, but not the Monogram films. And it appears that after 1939 the magazines had largely forgotten about Kay, sans a few mentions and photos here and there.

Enjoy,

Michael


May 12, 2015:

stranded023423CANDID: Added three photos from a 1939 gathering Kay attended with Bette Davis, Basil Rathbone, Adrian and Janet Gaynor.

FILMS: Added a photo and a spread for Living On Velvet (1935); two pictures for Stranded; two for The Goose and The Gander; one for Give Me Your Heart.

Tomorrow, in the early morning hours, Turner Classic Movies will play One Way Passage. Check your local listings. It’s widely recognized as the best movie Kay ever appeared in.


 

May 8, 2015:

1938screenlandboxofficepoisonARCHIVES: Added three lengthy articles to this feature. Two are from 1938 issues of Screenland magazine: “Kay and Pat Are Like That!” & “Are These Stars Really Doomed?” (which I paraphrased to focus specifically on Kay). The third is from the March 1937 issue of Silver Screen. “Projections” details Kay’s importance as the Queen of Warner Bros., and how she took that position.

CLIPPINGS: Added a 1932 one from an issue of Screenland with fashion tips from Kay, Claudette Colbert, and Bette Davis.

FILMS: Added a vintage review for First Lady, and two photos from the film.

Enjoy,

Michael


May 5, 2015:

july1936photplayfashionkayWent back to Kay’s peak of stardom for today’s updates.

Ads: Added a 1937 clipping from Screenland Magazine asking fans, “if you had to choose a King or Queen in Hollywood, who would it be?” Kay is in the center with Joan Crawford.

FILMS: Added a shot from The White Angel (1936), as well as ads, photos, and reviews for Give Me Your Heart, Another Dawn (1937), and Confession.

Enjoy, 

Michael

 

The online resource for Kay Francis…

The Online Resource for the Queen of Warner Bros.