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Stella Dallas
     

Stella Dallas

Director: King Vidor

Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, John Boles, Anne Shirley

 

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Produced by Sam Goldwyn, this second film version of Olive Higgins Prouty's Stella Dallas is by far the best. The combined talents of Goldwyn, director King Vidor and star Barbara Stanwyck lift this property far above the level of mere soap opera. Stanwyck is perfectly cast as Stella Martin, the loud, vulgar factory-town girl who snares wealthy husband Stephen

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Produced by Sam Goldwyn, this second film version of Olive Higgins Prouty's Stella Dallas is by far the best. The combined talents of Goldwyn, director King Vidor and star Barbara Stanwyck lift this property far above the level of mere soap opera. Stanwyck is perfectly cast as Stella Martin, the loud, vulgar factory-town girl who snares wealthy husband Stephen Dallas (John Boles). When Stephen is offered a job in New York, Stella stays behind, knowing that she'll never be part of her husband's social circle. She pals around platonically with her old beau, the cheap and tasteless Ed Munn (Alan Hale), a fact that drives yet another wedge between Stella and her husband. The final straw is daughter Laurel's (Anne Shirley) birthday party, which is boycotted by the local bluenoses. Though she would like to remain part of her daughter's life, Stella knows that she and she alone is the reason that Laurel is shunned by the rest of the community.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Olive Higgins Prouty’s bestselling novel, about a mother who sacrifices everything for her daughter’s happiness, first made it to the big screen in 1926, but it’s this 1937 remake that became the gold standard for cinematic soap opera. Barbara Stanwyck, previously known for her portrayals of brassy, hard-boiled Depression-era dames, earned an Oscar nomination for her dazzling turn as the working-class good-time girl whose dalliance with a wealthy man (John Boles) produces a daughter she raises to be a lady. Years later, when the father again enters their lives, Stella is faced with the difficult decision of relinquishing the lovely young woman (Anne Shirley) to the parent who can best provide for her. Make no mistake about it: Stella Dallas is an unabashed, grade-A tear-jerker, manipulative in the extreme and (to today’s audiences, at least) more than a little outlandish in its assumptions about social mobility. The degree to which it was successful can be gauged not only by its box-office success and Stanwyck’s Oscar nod but also by the fact that it’s been ripped off and parodied countless times -- in 1990 Bette Midler took a crack at updating it in Stella. But this flawlessly produced version, directed with unusual sensitivity and taste by King Vidor, remains the best.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
The height of multiple-hankie melodrama, King Vidor's Stella Dallas (1937) is also the most affecting screen adaptation of the Olive Higgins Prouty novel. As the ultimate self-abnegating mother, Barbara Stanwyck endows her upwardly aspiring Stella with a potent mixture of crass fashion sense, hedonistic energy, self-aware pathos, and maternal love, while Anne Shirley's Laurel is visibly and poignantly torn between embarrassment and daughterly attachment. Stanwyck's dignity gives Stella's sacrifice to the class system the emotional punch that it requires, as she memorably stands outside a bay window in the rain, watching her refined daughter finally get what Stella always wanted for her. Critically praised for its superior performances, Stella Dallas garnered Stanwyck the first of her four Oscar nominations for Best Actress, as well as a Supporting Actress nomination for Shirley. Previously filmed in 1925, Stella Dallas was remade again in 1990 as the Bette Midler vehicle Stella.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/10/2013
UPC:
0883929326372
Original Release:
1937
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
9,658

Special Features

Stella Dallas vintage featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Edmund Elton Mr. Martin
George Walcott Charlie Martin
Tim Holt Richard Grosvenor
Nella Walker Mrs. Grosvenor
Bruce Satterlee Con Morrison
Jimmy Butler Grown-up Con
Jack Egger John Morrison
Dick Jones Lee Morrison
Ann Shoemaker Miss Phillibrown
Harry Bowen Actor
Harlan Briggs Actor
Mabel Colcord Actor
Ann Doran Actor
Edythe Elliott Actor
Mildred Gover Actor
Lynda Grey Actor
Winifred Harris Actor
Etta McDaniel Actor
George Meeker Actor
Vesey O'Davoren Actor
Michael Owen Actor
Francis Sayles Actor
Al Shean Actor
Paul Stanton Actor
Dorothy Vaughan Actor
Lillian West Actor
Gertrude Short Carrie Jenkins
Jessie Arnold Landlady
Lon McCallister Bit
Lillian Yarbo Gladys
Linda Gray Actor
Laraine Day Bit Part

Technical Credits
King Vidor Director
Richard Day Art Director
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
Harry Wagstaff Gribble Screenwriter
Victor Heerman Screenwriter
Merritt Hulburd Associate Producer
Omar Kiam Costumes/Costume Designer
Sarah Y. Mason Screenwriter
Rudolph Maté Cinematographer
Walter Mayo Asst. Director
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Gertrude Purcell Screenwriter
Sherman Todd Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stella Dallas
1. Chapter 1 [4:18]
2. Chapter 2 [6:25]
3. Chapter 3 [5:05]
4. Chapter 4 [2:50]
5. Chapter 5 [3:23]
6. Chapter 6 [3:19]
7. Chapter 7 [4:55]
8. Chapter 8 [2:17]
9. Chapter 9 [5:04]
10. Chapter 10 [3:37]
11. Chapter 11 [4:47]
12. Chapter 12 [5:11]
13. Chapter 13 [4:55]
14. Chapter 14 [9:45]
15. Chapter 15 [4:58]
16. Chapter 16 [8:00]
17. Chapter 17 [2:49]
18. Chapter 18 [10:57]
19. Chapter 19 [8:32]
20. Chapter 20 [4:17]
1. Chapter 1 [10:10]
2. Chapter 2 [11:52]
3. Chapter 3 [8:14]
4. Chapter 4 [9:39]
5. Chapter 5 [8:13]
6. Chapter 6 [10:55]
7. Chapter 7 [11:41]
8. Chapter 8 [10:19]
9. Chapter 9 [8:48]
10. Chapter 10 [9:24]
11. Chapter 11 [10:35]

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