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Stella Dallas (1925)

Passed | | Drama | 16 November 1925 (USA)
Stella Dallas is a small town girl who marries the upper class Stephen Dallas, with whom she has nothing in common. After the birth of a daughter, Laurel, the Dallases go their separate ... See full summary »

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Frances Marion (adaptation), Olive Higgins Prouty (novel)
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Cast overview:
Ronald Colman ... Stephen Dallas
Belle Bennett ... Stella Dallas
Alice Joyce ... Helen Morrison
Jean Hersholt ... Ed Munn
Beatrix Pryor Beatrix Pryor ... Mrs. Grosvenor
Lois Moran ... Laurel Dallas
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Richard Grosvenor
Vera Lewis ... Mrs. Tibbets
Maurice Murphy ... Morrison Child
Jack Murphy Jack Murphy ... Morrison Child
Newton Hall Newton Hall ... Morrison Child
Charles Hatton Charles Hatton ... Morrison Child (older)
Robert W. Gillette Robert W. Gillette ... Morrison Child (older)
Winston Miller ... Morrison Child (older)
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Stella Dallas is a small town girl who marries the upper class Stephen Dallas, with whom she has nothing in common. After the birth of a daughter, Laurel, the Dallases go their separate ways. Now confined to poverty, Stella must sacrifice her own life and happiness for the sake of her daughter. Written by Spencer Higham

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A story of mother love, by Olive Higgins Prouty. (Newspaper ad). See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Opfer der Stella Dallas See more »

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

First of three movies based on the novel by Olive Higgins Prouty. Samuel Goldwyn produced both the silent movie, Stella Dallas (1925), and the first sound version, Stella Dallas (1937), with'Barbara Stanwyck'. His son, Samuel Goldwyn Jr. produced Stella (1990), with Bette Midler. See more »

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Incredible
5 November 2007 | by strsfgoldSee all my reviews

I was unfamiliar with the story of Stella Dallas, so when I first sat down and began to watch the 1925 version, I was expecting a simple, and light hearted silent; 'a fun way to spend an hour, but will soon be forgotten', type of film. By the very end, I had tears in my eyes, and I suddenly wanted to run up to my mother, hug her close, and never let her go. Stella Dallas took a completely unexpected twist, and turned out to be one of the most moving, and bittersweet dramas of the silent era.

A believable and extremely talented cast, molds this film into the finest it can possibly be. Belle Bennett absolutely steals the show from everyone else. Her performance is unforgettable and heartbreaking. Even though her character makes some mistakes in the beginning, she has a big heart, and lots of love for her beloved daughter. We cry and grieve with her, as she tries to set things right, and fights for her daughter's happiness and well being. Her daughter, Laurel Dallas, is played by the soft, sensitive, and purely pretty actress Lois Moran. She struggles between the love for her mother and her beau (played by a young and handsome Douglas Fairbanks Jr.). Ronald Colman is a natural at pantomime, and brought his character (Laurel's father, Stephen, who lives away in New York) to glowing life. Alice Joyce is a great actress, it's always nice to see her, and in this she plays the true love of Stephen Dallas. Unfortunately, her part is just a tad too small, but very effective.

If mother-daughter stories touch you, be sure to bring at least one whole box of tissues, because you WILL need them. I guarantee you, that by the time The End appears across the screen, you'll have teared up at least once or twice. One deeply feels for the characters and their troubles; not to mention, the famous ending is haunting.


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