Stella Dallas (1937)

KING VIDOR

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1937.  .  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.

Perennial twelve-hankie weeper stars Barbara Stanwyck 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 (Anne Shirley) 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.

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