Stella Dallas

Stella Dallas

King Vidor (1937)

U Certificate
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Our Score
The magnificent Barbara Stanwyck never won a performance Oscar, the Academy making its usual reparation by presenting her with an honorary award in 1981. Stella Dallas is the movie for which she deserved the best actress Oscar, but that year not even Greta Garbo won for Camille, the honour going to Luise Rainer in Sidney Franklin's The Good Earth. Stella Dallas, the heroine of Olive Higgins Prouty's popular novel, is the ultimate soap-opera queen, a woman who, quite literally, sacrifices everything for her daughter's happiness, and this movie is the definitive version of the tale, despite a fine Belle Bennett/Ronald Colman 1925 silent version and a slightly ludicrous Bette Midler update in 1990. Stanwyck is brilliant, her own upbringing as a Brooklyn orphan giving added resonance to the story: the famous scene as she watches through a window while her daughter (played by Anne Shirley) gets married is one of the great highlights of movie melodrama.


A lowly mill worker devotes her time to ensuring her daughter has the best life can offer, only to see all her efforts backfire dramatically. Classic tearjerker, starring Barbara Stanwyck, Anne Shirley, John Boles and Barbara O'Neill.

Cast & Crew

Actor Barbara Stanwyck
Actor Anne Shirley
Actor Barbara O'Neil
Actor Alan Hale
Actor Tim Holt
Actor John Boles
Director King Vidor
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video