Kay Francis Movies on DVD
Lavishly mounted, espionage-tinged tale set in the waning days of Czarist Russia, where British envoy Leslie Howard finds himself bound to block a potential armistice between the Bolsheviks and the Kaiser. His duties become that much more dicey when he rescues beauteous Russian Kay Francis from mob violence, falls for her--and discovers she's Lenin's secretary. With William Gargan, Irving Pichel, and J. Carrol Naish as Trotsky. 80 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The "Jills" are Kay Francis, Carole Landis, Mitzi Mayfair, and Martha Raye, four members of a USO show unit touring Europe and North Africa. Rousing musical comedy, based on the girls' real wartime exploits, also features Phil Silvers, Dick Haymes, and guest appearances by Alice Faye, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, and Jimmy Dorsey and His Band. Songs include "Crazy Me," "How Blue the Night," "Over There." 89 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; isolated music score; deleted scenes; featurettes; photo gallery.
When socialite Belinda Warren (Kay Francis) becomes pregnant by a married Englishman, she reluctantly allows him and his infertile wife to adopt the baby. Years later, Belinda has a doting husband (George Brent) of her own, but the painful memory of her lost child continues to haunt her. Fortunately, just when her marriage is on the verge of collapse, a dear friend devises a plan to cure Belinda's crippling heartache. Roland Young and Patric Knowles also star in this touching drama. 88 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
After piloting a plane that crashed and killed his parents and sister, an aviator begins living each day as if it were his last. His life changes when he meets a beautiful socialite whom he soon weds. But when his new bride realizes the truth about his reckless and self-destructive ways, the pilot finds himself headed for another tailspin. High-flying romantic drama stars Kay Francis, George Brent, Warren William. 77 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
On the run from her last failed score, and conscious that her prime is behind her, a maturing gold digger (Kay Francis) decides to impart her seductive secrets to a young apprentice (Mildred Coles) in exchange for a percentage of the take. The retirement plan is threatened, however, when the protege seems ready to chuck it all for true romance with a charming Texan (James Ellison). Nigel Bruce, Margaret Hamilton co-star. 76 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Inspired by actual events, this engaging drama stars Kay Francis as a beautiful French model recruited by a slick con man (Claude Rains) to help him scam his way into the upper echelons of Parisian culture. Unaware of his shady dealings, Francis agrees to marry Rains and is rewarded with a fashion salon of her own. But it could all come crashing down when the truth about her new husband's business practices comes to light. With Ian Hunter, Alison Skipworth; directed by Michael Curtiz ("Casablanca"). 80 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; theatrical trailer.
Classic romance concerns the relationship between a supervisor overseeing the building of the Golden Gate Bridge and a social worker who assists travelers stuck in San Francisco. As the demands of their job keeps them both apart, their love becomes threatened by gangsters seeking to make some cash from the massive construction job. Kay Francis, George Brent, Patricia Ellis star in this drama filmed during the actual erection of the bridge. 73 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Based on the novel by Polan Banks, this engaging drama stars Kay Francis as a fashion designer engaged in a secret affair with a married man. Soon, Francis' forbidden romance becomes even more complicated when her younger brother falls for her lover's daughter. With Roland Young, Gloria Stuart (in her film debut), Alan Dinehart. 59 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
When Georgiana Summers (Kay Francis) learns that her ex-husband's new wife is involved with yet another man, she devises a scheme to expose the voracious man-eater. But after luring the deceitful woman into her home, Georgiana's plan goes terribly awry when a pair of jewel thieves enters the mix. Amidst her efforts to unveil the truth, Georgiana finds herself in an epic battle of love and lies--and also intrigued by a dashing new man (George Brent). Genevieve Tobin and Ralph Forbes co-star in this charming comedy. 65 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
After Peggy Martin (Kay Francis) marries the man of her dreams (Gene Raymond), they settle down in a stunning mansion, where life becomes even more pleasant with the birth of their daughter, Eleanor. But when a man from Peggy's past shows up, a tragic accident robs her of her happily ever after--and lands her in jail. When Peggy is released 20 years later, she struggles to accept that her old life is over--until a fateful event brings her to her long-lost daughter. Ricardo Cortez, John Halliday co-star in this moving drama. 69 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Stylish, sparkling comedy of manners and misdeeds from director Ernst Lubitsch stars Herbert Marshall as a sly thief out to woo and fleece French perfume company owner Kay Francis. Marshall's scheme is threatened when fellow criminal and ex-lover Miriam Hopkins joins the household staff for her own con and he finds himself falling for Francis. Filled with witty and (for its time) risque dialogue, the film boasts a top-notch supporting cast that includes Charlie Ruggles, Edward Everett Horton and C. Aubrey Smith. 82 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; short "Das Fidele Gefangnis (The Merry Jail)" (1917); featurettes; 1940 radio program; more.