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Stella Dallas (1925)

Passed | | Drama | 16 November 1925 (USA)
Stella, a small town girl, marries socialite Stephen Dallas, a man with whom she has nothing in common. The whole thing is a failure; after the birth of their daughter, Laurel, the Dallases... See full summary »


Henry King


Frances Marion (adaptation), Olive Higgins Prouty (novel)




Cast overview:
Ronald Colman ... Stephen Dallas
Belle Bennett ... Stella Dallas
Alice Joyce ... Helen Morrison
Jean Hersholt ... Ed Munn
Beatrix Pryor Beatrix Pryor ... Mrs. Grosvenor
Lois Moran ... Laurel Dallas
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Richard Grosvenor
Vera Lewis ... Mrs. Tibbets
Maurice Murphy ... Morrison Child
Jack Murphy Jack Murphy ... Morrison Child
Newton Hall Newton Hall ... Morrison Child
Charles Hatton Charles Hatton ... Morrison Child (older)
Robert W. Gillette Robert W. Gillette ... Morrison Child (older)
Winston Miller ... Morrison Child (older)


Stella, a small town girl, marries socialite Stephen Dallas, a man with whom she has nothing in common. The whole thing is a failure; after the birth of their daughter, Laurel, the Dallases separate, and Stephen returns to New York. As Laurel grows into a young woman, Stella realizes that she can?t provide for her properly and sends her to live with Stephen and his new family. Laurel later marries a pleasant upper class boy as Stella stands in the rain, watching the ceremony through a window. Written by San Sebastian Festival

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A Life of Love Revealed in a story that was great as a book, greater as a play, greatest as a photo drama. Stell a Dallas And her love life bared in an epic of heart emotion that stirs the soul, thrills the senses. (Print Ad- Middlesboro Daily News, ((Middlesboro, Ky.)) 21 December 1926) See more »




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Did You Know?


First of three movies based on the novel by Olive Higgins Prouty. Samuel Goldwyn produced both the silent movie, Stella Dallas (1925), and the first sound version, Stella Dallas (1937), with'Barbara Stanwyck'. His son, Samuel Goldwyn Jr. produced Stella (1990), with Bette Midler. See more »


Around 20 minutes into the film, Stella appears to trip over a stuffed animal that's on the floor. It's clear that her feet never touch the animal. See more »


Version of Stella (1990) See more »

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Belle Bennett Is Terrific
20 May 2006 | by drednmSee all my reviews

The first film version of the Olive Higgins Prouty best seller.

Despite third billing, Belle Bennett stars as Stella and is very good in the role of her career. She does an amazing job of aging over a 20-year period and is very effective.

Ronald Colman stars (and gets tops billing) as Stephen Dallas, and Alice Joyce is Mrs. Morrison.

Lois Moran gets the role of Laurel and is excellent, starting out as a 10-year-old. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. plays the boy friend. They were both 16. Jean Hersholt is Ed Munn, Vera Lewis is a gossipy teacher, and Beatrix Pryor plays Fairbanks' mother.

Bennett never got another good role and died of cancer in 1932.

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Release Date:

16 November 1925 (USA) See more »

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Das Opfer der Stella Dallas See more »


Box Office


$700,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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