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Imitation of Life (1934) Poster

Full Cast & Crew

Directed by 

John M. Stahl

Writing Credits  

Fannie Hurst ... (novel)
 
William Hurlbut ... (screenplay)
 
Preston Sturges ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
Finley Peter Dunne ... (additional dialogue) (uncredited)
Finley Peter Dunne ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
Walter Ferris ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
Bianca Gilchrist ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
Victor Heerman ... (additional dialogue) (uncredited)
Victor Heerman ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
Sarah Y. Mason ... (contributor to treatment) (uncredited)
Samuel Ornitz ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
Arthur Richman ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)

Cast (in credits order) verified as complete  

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Warren William ...
Rochelle Hudson ...
Ned Sparks ...
Louise Beavers ...
Fredi Washington ...
Juanita Quigley ...
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Martin, the Furniture Man
Henry Armetta ...
The Painter
Wyndham Standing ...
Jarvis, Beatrice's Butler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monya Andre ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Alyce Ardell ...
French Maid (uncredited)
William Austin ...
Englishman at Party (uncredited)
Dorothy Black ...
Peola Johnson, Age 35 (uncredited)
Edna Bowdoin ...
Black Secretary (uncredited)
Tyler Brooke ...
Tipsy Man at Party (uncredited)
Daisy Bufford ...
Black Waitress (uncredited)
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Young Woman at Party (uncredited)
William B. Davidson ...
Man Buying Cigar (uncredited)
Norma Drew ...
Teacher (uncredited)
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Bit Role (uncredited)
Noel Francis ...
Mrs. Eden (uncredited)
Paullyn Garner ...
Mrs. Ramsey (uncredited)
Reverend Gregg ...
Black Minister (uncredited)
Sebie Hendricks ...
Peola Johnson, Age 4 (uncredited)
G.P. Huntley ...
James (uncredited)
Stuart Johnston ...
Black Undertaker (uncredited)
Marcia Mae Jones ...
Peola's Frontrow Classmate (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ...
Funeral Spectator (uncredited)
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Jessie Pullman, Age 8 (uncredited)
Henry Kolker ...
Dr. Preston (uncredited)
Lenita Lane ...
Mrs. Dale (uncredited)
Curry Lee ...
Black Chauffeur (uncredited)
Bessie Lyle ...
Woman at Funeral (uncredited)
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Teacher Outside Classroom (uncredited)
Julius Molnar ...
Footman (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ...
Man at Funeral (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ...
Dance Extra at Party (uncredited)
David Newell ...
Party Guest Saying Goodbye (uncredited)
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Young Man Proposing Toast (uncredited)
Edgar Norton ...
Butler at Party (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ...
Dance Extra (uncredited)
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Mr. Carven (uncredited)
Paul Porcasi ...
Jackson's Restaurant Manager (uncredited)
Hayes Robinson ...
Man at Funeral (uncredited)
Gay Seabrook ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Teru Shimada ...
Japanese Customer in Pancake Shop (uncredited)
Larry Steers ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Madame Sul-Te-Wan ...
Black Cook (uncredited)
Ethel Sykes ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Libby Taylor ...
Woman at Funeral (uncredited)
Alma Tell ...
Mrs. Craven (uncredited)
Martin Turner ...
Man at Funeral (uncredited)
Walter Walker ...
Hugh (uncredited)
Bruce Warren ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Hazel Washington ...
Black Maid (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ...
Mr. Bristol, Landlord (uncredited)
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Peola's Frontrow Classmate (uncredited)
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Produced by 

Carl Laemmle Jr. ... producer
Henry Henigson ... associate producer (uncredited)

Music by 

Heinz Roemheld ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by 

Merritt B. Gerstad ... (as Merritt Gerstad)

Film Editing by 

Philip Cahn
Maurice Wright

Art Direction by 

Charles D. Hall

Costume Design by 

Travis Banton ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department 

William Ely ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jack P. Pierce ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Dorothy Ponedel ... makeup artist: Claudette Colbert (uncredited)
Jane Roman ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management 

M.F. Murphy ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 

Scott R. Beal ... assistant director (uncredited)
Fred Frank ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department 

Ernie Smith ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department 

Theodore Soderberg ... sound director
Jack Bolger ... boom operator (uncredited)
Gilbert Kurland ... sound supervisor (uncredited)
Joe Lapis ... sound mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by 

John P. Fulton ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department 

Fred Buckley ... grip (uncredited)
Paul Hill ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Alan Jones ... second camera operator (uncredited)
Warren Monroe ... gaffer (uncredited)
Murray Rock ... best boy (uncredited)
George Schuman ... grip (uncredited)
Jerry Vernon ... grip (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department 

Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Editorial Department 

Maurice Pivar ... supervising editor (uncredited)

Music Department 

Heinz Roemheld ... musical director

Other crew 

Carl Laemmle ... presenter
Emily Bolman ... stand-in: Rochelle Hudson (uncredited)
Barbara Boone ... stand-in: Juanita Quigley (uncredited)
Bernice Boone ... secretary (uncredited)
Archie Hall ... technical director (uncredited)
Alameda Johnson ... stand-in: Sebie Hendricks (uncredited)
Alma Johnson ... stand-in: Sebie Hendricks (uncredited)
Etta McDaniel ... stand-in: Louise Beavers (uncredited)
Cora Palmatier ... script clerk (uncredited)
Mary West ... child welfare worker (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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