Stella Dallas

Stella Dallas

DVD - 2013
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Stephen Dallas, well-educated and refined, falls in love with and marries Stella Martin, a pretty young mill-hand. He soon realizes that they have nothing in common. Gradually they see less and less of each other, Stella being absorbed in bringing up their daughter Laurel. Laurel has much of her father in her and recoils instinctively from her mother's vulgarity, though remaining completely loyal to her. As Laurel grows up things become increasingly difficult. Stella consents to a divorce from Stephen for Laurel's sake. Laurel hears what has happened and refuses to leave her mother. Stella makes the supreme sacrifice. She pretends she is sick of being a mother and wants a good time with a drunken old admirer. Completely deceived and disillusioned Laurel leaves her and finds happiness with her father and stepmother.
Publisher: Burbank, California :, Distributed by Warner Home Video,, 2013.
Edition: Full screen (standard) version.
Copyright Date: ©1937
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (106 min.) :,sound, black and white ;,4 3/4 in.


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Dec 20, 2016

This is a 1937 American drama directed by King Vidor, based on the Olive Higgins Prouty novel of the same name.
Although it is a nice story, Barbara Stanwyck and Anne Shirley overact so much that it appears unnatural and unreal.

Jul 25, 2016

Very Good 1937 film - "a stirring drama to touch the heart and haunt the mind" - Variety.

This is a high quality class conscious/post 30's depression film. It's poignant, emotionally turbulent; yes, also a bit soap opera - but an excellent watch. Just became aware of it while exploring work by Stanwyck; glad I've now seen it and give it a recommend.

Stars talented Barbara Stanwyck at age 30 as Stella Martin - and Anne Shirley at 19 as her daughter Laurel. As Laurel grows up, Stella's ambition and scheming to rise socially is redirected to her daughter's growth and development.

It was interesting to hear the flavor of Stanwyck character's working class speaking lines change as film progressed.

The film includes some fun comedy by Alan Hale as Ed Mumm character.

And the bit tricky ending ploy by Stella Martin character for Laurel was intriguing.

btmslt Oct 03, 2012

A very interesting film with some excellent acting by Stanwyck and Shirley. This film demonstrates how man and woman needed to conform to society's values in a bygone era.

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