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Love and greed collide in Connecticut's tobacco-rich Million dollar mile. Troy Donahue is "Parrish" and has the title role in this starry saga of life in the verdant Tobacco Valley. Parrish enters this Million Dollar Mile with only his name and his ambitions. He'll need little else traveling a rocky road to maturity and success. En route he'll have the support of his mother (Claudette Colbert) in her last big-screen role), the devoted love of a farm girl (Connie Stevens), the counsel of a savvy grower (Dean Jagger) and confrontation with ruthless tycoon Judd Raike (Karl Malden.) Raike may control the valley - but he may not be able to stop an iron-willed youth on the move.
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Parrish’s mother, Ellen, is played by Claudette Colbert with stylish grace, and this was to be her last movie, even though she lived to age 96. Karl Malden, as the ruthless tobacco magnate, Judd Raike takes a shine to Ellen and the two are married, though not forever, as Judd’s drive to own-it-all becomes fully apparent to the disillusioned Ellen.
Parrish’s three love interest’s come in the form of Connie Stevens as the highly available field hand who initially gets Parrish’s attention until he is distracted by the scheming Alison Post, played by Diane McBain, who reminds one in many ways of Kim Novak. The scenes in which she appears are a superb example of some of the best cinematic lighting ever seen. But great lighting ultimately exposes her devious and user nature . . . and Parrish turns to a different choice of women at this film’s end.
We are also treated to the always satisfying presence of Dean Jagger, Alison’s father and the most level-headed grower in this rich tobacco valley.
Parrish is an entertaining, well-written and directed motion picture and holds its own quite well all these years since its debut in 1961.
I have lived near sites that were used in the filming of Parrish, so I guess this is a review with homesickness in it as well as objectivity. That being said, this is a good solid movie with exceptional acting from Malden, Jagger, Claudette Colbert, Dub Taylor and in his own way, Donahue, as the battle for control of prime tobacco land is fought out.
Malden may seem a little over the top in his portrayal of Judd but it is a perfect definition of a man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. It is this single-mindedness that strikes throughout the film. Unfortunately, Malden is saddled with two "nitwit" sons who do little to take the pressure off. Maybe this is part of what makes Malden's character what it is; the inability to delegate with confidence and so he is doubly forced to compensate for lack of talent in his own organization. Donahue is seen as an unlikely allie for Malden. However, Donahue is unable to acquire the ruthless instincts of Malden and eventually rebels. He is seasoned by an enlistment in the Navy and the submarine service and then returns to do battle with Malden and his family.
There are a number of surprise topics that are tackled, Jagger accepts that he is a rather low key personality, so low key that his wife left him. She was killed shortly thereafter leaving him to raise a daughter single-handedly. He acknowledges that he has not been successful and the assistance of Claudette Colbert to manage her is of little avail. Pregnancy, and if you like, adultery are openly talked about. Loveless marriages litter the landscape of Connecticut throughout this film.
Jagger sees Donahue as a someone can resist Malden and stakes him to land and the opportunity to attempt to hold off Malden's attempts to control the land. Donahue appears to be succeeding as the movie ends. He has met the challenge of Malden, but you don't know if he will win; you think he will but you never really know.
This is an excellent film, capturing an industry and region that is little known. The supporting cast is outstnading and gives the film depth that it needs to succeed. The depiction of migrant labor is especially interesting; again because it is taking place in a region that one wouldn't expect to see it.
Parrish is a must for those with a love/longing for New England as it gives you a little of everything. I highly recommend this film to all.