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Stella Dallas (1937)

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

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

Sarah Y. Mason (screenplay), Victor Heerman (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Stella Dallas
John Boles ... Stephen Dallas
Anne Shirley ... Laurel Dallas
Barbara O'Neil ... Helen Morrison
Alan Hale ... Ed Munn
Marjorie Main ... Mrs. Martin
George Walcott ... Charlie Martin
Ann Shoemaker ... Miss Margaret Phillibrown
Tim Holt ... Richard Grosvenor
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Grosvenor
Bruce Satterlee Bruce Satterlee ... Con Morrison
Jimmy Butler ... Con Morrison - Grown Up
Jack Egger Jack Egger ... John Morrison
Dickie Jones ... Lee Morrison
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Storyline

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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The emotional classic of the screen See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Als het moederhart spreekt See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Of his working relationship with Barbara Stanwyck, King Vidor had this to say: "Where sympathy exists and respect exists between director and actress, it cuts out a lot of talk, and certainly no arguments are necessary, and they fulfill their parts... I think it's a question of love. I think if love exists - admiration - love exists between director and actress, which I felt - I felt a deep feeling of love - it's like a family functioning. It's like a husband and wife functioning." Stanwyck's evaluation of their working relationship was more pragmatic: "King did his job, and I did mine." See more »

Goofs

When Stephen Dallas is first seen in his office, he's typing a letter. You can see that his fingers type several different keys, spaced out on the keyboard (probably in the middle of the middle rows), before he lowers his hands and stops typing to read. Then when he reads, you see that his letter ends with - -. It's not possible for him to have typed - - using the keys he was striking before he lowered his hands. See more »

Quotes

Stella Martin 'Stell' Dallas: I've always been known to have a stack of style!
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Connections

Referenced in Biography: Barbara Stanwyck: Straight Down the Line (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Canadian Capers
(uncredited)
Written by Earl Burtnett, Gus Chandler, Bert White, and Henry Cohen
performed by silent movie pianist.
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A true tearjerker.
28 January 2003 | by lberrySee all my reviews

My mother used to tell me about the great old movies, especially the tearjerkers--Stella Dallas was one of her favorites. I was skeptical (and let my mom know it) but sat down and watched a videotape of Stella Dallas with my mom shortly after VCRs came out. Well, not only did I cry during the movie, I bawled, sobbed, and had to stop the movie several times so I could stop crying long enough to breathe. Mom just sat there enjoying the movie and laughing at her skeptical, sobbing daughter. I haven't watched it since!


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