Stella Dallas


(out of 5)

Perennial twelve-hankie weeper stars  as a low-class factory worker’s daughter who gets in the family way thanks to a rich gentleman and marries him to avoid scandal. Raising her daughter () as best as she can, she eventually decides that her vulgar, nouveau riche ways are in the way of her daughter’s ever truly achieving something in life and so makes the ultimate sacrifice for her happiness. This film doesn’t earn points for playing right into the hands of a snobby, classist mentality, but the acting is so great that you just can’t resist it.

USA, 1937

Directed by

Screenplay by , , dramatization by , , based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1937

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