The Complete Kay Francis Career Record


The Complete Kay Francis Career Record is the definitive guide to the film, stage, radio and television career of Kay Francis, one of the most glamorous stars from the golden age of Hollywood. For each film, the authors provide a thorough synopsis plus cast and crew information (including biographies), opening dates, production notes, behind-the-scenes details, and reviews. In addition, information is provided on her stage, radio, and television appearances, and a section is devoted to collecting Kay Francis memorabilia,
including such items as cigarette cards, sheet music, and soundtracks.

Also covered is the stage and vaudeville career of Kay Francis’ mother, Katherine Clinton.
A brief biography of Kay Francis is provided, along with an insightful foreword by film scholar James Robert Parish.

One of the book’s highlights is the tremendous amount of illustrations covering all facets of Kay’s career, including a never before published original watercolor. The self-portrait, signed and dedicated to her personal physician, reveals surprising artistic ability.

Truly a treasure trove for Kay Francis fans and anyone interested in classic filmmaking in the 1930s and 1940s.

The book is available through all booksellers, including Amazon. Further information is available from my publisher’s website:

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-5922-3


“This is an exhaustive, very well-researched look at the long and fascinating career of Kay Francis….This hardcover tome with lots and lots of photos is not just a dry reference book of lists, but has synopses and reactions to all of her movies, including background notes about each film, as well as a sampling of often contradictory reviews….These essays are written with humor and intelligence. The authors unearth some interesting and bizarre things….Verdict: For every Francis fan’s bookshelf.” William Schoell, Great Old Movies

“[T]he book is…hard to put down. There is obviously a tremendous amount of research between the covers.” Ken Krug, The Illustrated Press

“A great record of all the films.” Stephanie Ogle, Cinema Books

“Some film books appeal to us for their generous use of illustrations, while others we value primarily for the detailed information they provide. The Complete Kay Francis Career Record is that rare book that combines both attributes. Your first impulse upon opening the book may be to savor the more than 100 gorgeous photos of Francis, crisply reproduced here, and understandably so. Having done that, go back to page 1 and let Kear and Rossman take you on a guided tour of Francis’ filmography. For each of the actress’ films, the authors provide a detailed synopsis, behind-the-scenes stories, a keen-eyed critical analysis, and a sampling of published reviews. The authors clearly love Francis and her work, but they are judicious critics who appreciate the best of her films, and are willing to tell the truth, often with a welcome dose of humor, about those that fall short of their goals. If you’re already a Francis fan, this book will be nirvana to you; if you’re not,
Kear and Rossman are likely to make you a convert.” David C. Tucker, author of The Women Who Made Television Funny: Ten Stars of 1950s Sitcoms and Shirley Booth: A Biography and Career Record.

“…a masterful and comprehensive guide….The Complete Kay Francis not only brings her long and extensive career to light, but properly recognizes her unique contributions as a movie star. This book sets a new standard for future, serious looks at other movie actors’ careers. This book has many beautiful photographs and is loaded with fascinating information. In particular, the sections covering Kay’s stage, radio and television appearances are the most impressive and complete sections I have ever encountered in any other books of similar types. I would highly recommend this book to any fan of classic movies. For those who are Kay Francis fans, this book will be embraced as a long awaited tribute; for those who are unfamiliar with her work, they will be pleasantly surprised and perhaps encouraged to to view some of her many movies. Kudos to Kear and Rossman for a superbly crafted book!” Michael Rinella, film researcher

“Authors Lynn Kear and John Rossman have made lighting strike twice for the 1930s diva with The Complete Kay Francis Career Record, a follow-up to their much-detailed biography, Kay Francis: A Passionate Life and Career.” The Complete Kay Francis Career Record is as in depth as any career guide can possibly be, giving fans details about her radio appearances and her brief work on television, a list of magazine covers Francis appeared on, addresses of where the star lived, brief information about nearly all
of her costars, information about products Francis endorsed, and a guide to Katherine Clinton’s (Kay Francis’ mother) stage work as an actress. Of course, most of the book revolves around Kay Francis’ film career, for which she is most known. Kear and Rossman give in depth plot synopsizes and quotes from the productions. There isn’t more fans can ask for. The effort of meticulous research, lacking in so many other biographies
today, is revealed on every page. The book is informative, opinionated, and sincere without ever getting exaggerated. Many thanks to Kear and Rossman for compiling one of the best books about Hollywood within the past year.”Mike O’Hanlon

The Complete Kay Francis Career Record is an exhaustive and comprehensive overview and analysis of Kay’s entire acting career. Every single movie of Kay Francis that you ever watched on Turner Classic Movies or remember seeing at a grand movie palace is detailed within the pages of this book. A full summary of plot and narrative is provided, along with snippets of various original reviews published during the period of release of the movies. Of course, Kay Francis was more than just a screen goddess, she was also an accomplished stage actress. An appendix offers a fascinating glimpse into the kind of roles that Francis assayed away from the penetrating gaze of the Panavision cameras, as well the kind of critical reception her performances were greeted with. If you all want from a book is handy guide to knowing which Kay Francis movies you need to make an appointment for, then The Complete Kay Francis Career Record is definitely the choice for you.” Timothy Sexton

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