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Stella Dallas (1925)

Stella Dallas is a small town girl who marries the upper class Stephen Dallas, with whom she has nothing in common. After the birth of a daughter, Laurel, the Dallases go their separate ... See full summary »

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Henry King

Writers:

Frances Marion (adaptation), Olive Higgins Prouty (novel)
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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 Winston Miller ... Morrison Child (older)
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Stella Dallas is a small town girl who marries the upper class Stephen Dallas, with whom she has nothing in common. After the birth of a daughter, Laurel, the Dallases go their separate ways. Now confined to poverty, Stella must sacrifice her own life and happiness for the sake of her daughter. Written by Spencer Higham

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A story of mother love, by Olive Higgins Prouty. (Newspaper ad). See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Opfer der Stella Dallas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$759,154, 31 December 1926
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »

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The Eyes of a Mother
13 May 2014 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Disgraced by his father's scandal and suicide, well-heeled Ronald Colman (as Stephen Dallas) leaves childhood sweetheart Alice Joyce (as Helen Dane) and moves to a small mill town. There, he catches the eye of attractive but poor Belle Bennett (as Stella Martin), who is scheming to improve her lot in life. With a pretty dress and landscaping, Ms. Bennett is able to attract Mr. Colman. They are happily married and have a baby daughter. Entering the country club life, Bennett's attempts to appear well-mannered look forced and she alienates other ladies by associating with uncouth horseman Jean Hersholt (as Ed Munn). Colman's work keeps him in New York and Bennett's friends keep her from moving. Meanwhile, their little girl grows into cute Lois Moran (as Laurel "Lollie" Dallas)...

Years pass with Bennett and Colman leading separate lives...

People mistakenly assume Bennett is having an affair with Mr. Hersholt, and gossip causes young Moran to lose friends and be forced into a poorer school. Bennett finally realizes she loves Colman, but it may be too late – he has re-encountered Ms. Joyce, now a wise widow. Moran begins favoring more time with her father and begins to see handsome young Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (as Richard Grosvenor), forcing Bennett to make an unselfish decision about her daughter's future. With keen direction by Henry King and a stellar performance by Bennett, "Stella Dallas" became a big hit with audiences and film critics. Samuel Goldwyn's film was "Quigley Publications" best picture of the year. It was followed by a memorable re-make (with Barbara Stanwyck) and long-running radio series.

******** Stella Dallas (11/16/25) Henry King ~ Belle Bennett, Lois Moran, Ronald Colman, Alice Joyce


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