MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,466 this week

Stella Maris (1918)

 -  Drama  -  21 January 1918 (USA)
7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 1,002 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 7 critic

Stella Maris is a beautiful, crippled girl, who is cared for by a rich family. They shield her from the harsh realities of the world, so that she has no idea of the cruel things that some ... See full summary »

Director:

(as Marshall A. Neilan)

Writers:

(from the novel by), (photoplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 06 Mar 2011
 
a list of 7 titles
created 02 Jun 2012
 
list image
a list of 49 titles
created 08 Oct 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 3 months ago
 
list image
a list of 34 titles
created 4 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Stella Maris" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Stella Maris (1918)

Stella Maris (1918) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Stella Maris.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Wealthy Elias Graves builds his home on the top of a hill, where a group of squatters have taken up residence at the bottom. Many of the men in the squatters' village have their eyes on ... See full summary »

Director: John S. Robertson
Stars: Mary Pickford, Lloyd Hughes, Gloria Hope
The Cheat (1915)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A venal, spoiled stockbroker's wife impulsively embezzles $10,000 from the charity she chairs and desperately turns to a Burmese ivory trader to replace the stolen money.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Fannie Ward, Sessue Hayakawa, Jack Dean
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Amarilly comes from a large family in a working-class neighborhood. She is happy with her family and her boyfriend Terry, a bartender in a cafe. But one day she meets Gordon, a sculptor who... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Neilan
Stars: Mary Pickford, William Scott, Kate Price
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Little Sara Crewe is placed in a boarding school by her father when he goes off to war, but he does not understand that the headmistress is a cruel, spiteful woman who makes life miserable ... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Neilan
Stars: Mary Pickford, Norman Kerry, Katherine Griffith
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London's seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two orphaned sisters are caught up in the turmoil of the French Revolution, encountering misery and love along the way.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A tough slum girl faces a crisis of the heart when the boy she loves is accused of shooting her cop father. Her brother stalks the accused slayer and finally shoots him down in the street. ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Mary Pickford, William Haines, Walter James
My Best Girl (1927)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Joe Merrill, son of the millionaire owner of a chain of 5 and 10 cent stores, poses as Joe Grant, and takes a job in the stockroom of one of his father's stores, to prove that he can be a ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Taylor
Stars: Mary Pickford, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Sunshine Hart
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

With her family in financial difficulties, Rebecca is sent to live with her two strict, unfeeling aunts, who do not appreciate the young girl's charm and energy. Rebecca must make new ... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Neilan
Stars: Mary Pickford, Eugene O'Brien, Helen Jerome Eddy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Terje Vigen, a sailor, suffers the loss of his family through the cruelty of another man. Years later, when his enemy's family finds itself dependent on Terje's beneficence, Terje must ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Victor Sjöström, Edith Erastoff, August Falck
Sparrows (1926)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Molly, the eldest child at a baby farm hidden deep in a swamp, must rescue the others when their cruel master decides that one of them will be disposed of.

Directors: William Beaudine, Tom McNamara
Stars: Mary Pickford, Roy Stewart, Mary Louise Miller
Stella Maris (1925)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Charles Brabin
Stars: Mary Philbin, Elliott Dexter, Gladys Brockwell
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Miss Stella Maris / Unity Blake
Ida Waterman ...
Lady Eleanor Blount - aka Aunt Julia
Herbert Standing ...
Sir Oliver Blount
Conway Tearle ...
John Risca - also Spelled Riska
Marcia Manon ...
Louisa Risca - also Spelled Louise Riska
Josephine Crowell ...
Aunt Gladys Linden
Edit

Storyline

Stella Maris is a beautiful, crippled girl, who is cared for by a rich family. They shield her from the harsh realities of the world, so that she has no idea of the cruel things that some people do. Unity Blake is a poor orphan all too familiar with the harsh realities of the real world. These two young women both fall in love with John, love which is complicated by the fact that he is still married to (though separated from) a bad wife. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

21 January 1918 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le roman de Mary  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(alternate)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When John Riska returns to his house one night, Unity offers him a 'Sally Lun' (sic). A 'Sally Lunn' is a type of bread, from Bath in the English West Country. The recipe is said to have come to the area courtesy of a French immigrant in the 17th century. It can be served sliced horizontally and toasted, with sweet or savoury toppings such as plain or flavoured butters, jam and clotted cream. See more »

Quotes

Unity Blake: Lor' luv a duck! An' me a'restin' on satink!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in An Awfully Big Adventure (1995) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Mary Pickford Delights In Dual Role
12 November 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Lovely, crippled STELLA MARIS lives like a princess, sheltered from all of the world's unpleasantness. Orphan Unity Blake, on the other hand, suffers under life's harsh hand. These two young women are fated to be brought together with tragic, unforeseen consequences...

America's Sweetheart, Mary Pickford, even though a tremendous movie star, had always been bothered by the fact that show business had kept her from acquiring a normal education. She asked her dear friend, screenwriter Frances Marion, to tutor her. One of the books they read together was "Stella Maris" by William J. Locke. Mary quickly saw the novel's cinematic possibilities.

What startled the studio bosses was Mary's determination to play the parts of both Stella and Unity. She was sure this could be achieved convincingly. For the role of Unity, Pickford wore makeup that negated her pretty features, learned to stand & walk awkwardly & even insisted that she be photographed mostly using her right, less photogenic, profile. The effect was most believable.

The result was a triumph, professionally, artistically & at the box office. Mary tugged at the viewer's heartstrings, but never crossed the line into cheap mugging or maudlin histrionics. She earned her accolades with genuine, sincere emotion & pathos.

Frances Marion's screenplay allowed both of Mary's characters to share some screen time. Double exposure would produce a special effect that puzzled & delighted contemporary audiences.

Although Mary dominates the film, mention should be made of Conway Tearle who ably plays the strong, sensitive man who loves Stella; Marcia Manon is very effective as his brutal, alcoholic wife; and Josephine Crowell scores in another of her matronly roles.

After years of neglect, STELLA MARIS is available on video to enchant whole new generations of Pickford fans.


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Walter Stradling JackBluegrass
Discuss Stella Maris (1918) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?