Aspiring actress Lora Meredith meets Annie Johnson, a homeless Black woman at Coney Island, and soon they share a tiny apartment. Each woman has an intolerable daughter. However, Annie's little girl Sarah Jane is by far the worst. Neurotic and obnoxious, Sarah Jane doesn't like being Black; since she's light-skinned (her father was practically white), she spends the rest of the film trying to pass as white, much to her mother's heartache and shame. Lora, meanwhile, virtually ignores her own daughter in a single-minded quest for stardom.Written by
Ross Hunter had a reputation for pampering his female stars. During filming, he sent flowers and gifts to Lana Turner's dressing room regularly. She also had a limousine and driver at her disposal. As well as a music system installed in her dressing room. Hunter even hired someone to operate it for her. See more »
The type of desk telephone in Robert Alda's 1947 office was not developed until the mid-1950s. See more »
[to mother Annie]
I wouldn't be caught dead in a colored teachers' college!
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Juanita Moore, who plays Annie, is billed with the credit "And Presenting Juanita Moore as Annie Johnson", even though she had already appeared in many films. See more »
One of the most emotional movies you"ll ever experience.
In this second and best filmization of Fannie Hurst's classic tear-jerker, a woman(Lana Turner) aspires to an acting career and neglects her emotionally troubled daughter(Sandra Dee). I'm not a person who expresses my inner feelings very much, but this movie was a very emotional experience for me, especially the subplot involving racial conflicts. If you're in the mood for a good cry, this film really delivers. The cast is absolutely wonderful. Next to PEYTON PLACE, this is Turner's best film, and Sandra Dee, known mostly for lighter fare like GIDGET and the TAMMY movies, does some of her strongest work here. For moving, high-powered drama, it just doesn't get any better than this. A must!
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