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Stella Dallas (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 6 August 1937 (USA)
A low-class woman is willing to do whatever it takes to give her daughter a socially promising future.



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Complete credited cast:
Laurel Dallas
Ed Munn
Mrs. Martin
Charlie Martin
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Jimmy Butler ...
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Working-class Stella Martin marries high-end Stephen Dallas and soon they have a daughter named Laurel. But Stephen's incessant demands of Stella to become what she isn't leads to their eventual separation. Stephen later marries Helen Morrison (his prior fiancée), and Laurel becomes the focus of Stella's life and love. Nothing is too good for Laurel as far as Stella is concerned. Determined to give her all the advantages, she takes Laurel on a trip to an expensive resort where Laurel makes friends with rich kids. After an embarrassing incident, Stella realizes that her daughter would go farther in life without Stella as her mother. Her subsequent sacrifice is shattering. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

6 August 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Als het moederhart spreekt  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mabel Colcord is listed in studio records as an actress in this movie but did not appear. Al Shean, Lillian West and Mildred Gover were in Hollywood Reporter production charts, but also did not appear in the movie. See more »


Ed Munn's photo on Stella's mantle moves from being beside the flowers to being directly in front of them. See more »


Stella Martin 'Stell' Dallas: I've always been known to have a stack of style!
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Referenced in Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (1997) See more »


Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
Sung a cappella by Alan Hale
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A Classic film that will leave you bawling.
21 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is a wonderful old film that will simply take your breath away. Barbara Stanwyck is excellent as the mother Stella, who selflessly denies herself in order to give her daughter a chance in life. The movie will draw you in and the ending will leave you in tears. Barbara Stanwyck delivers a truly beautiful performance.

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