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Stella Dallas (1925 film)

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Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byHenry King
Written byFrances Marion
Based onStella Dallas
1923 novel
by Olive Higgins Prouty
Produced bySamuel Goldwyn
StarringRonald Colman
Belle Bennett
Lois Moran
CinematographyArthur Edeson
Edited byStuart Heisler
Production
company
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • November 16, 1925 (1925-11-16)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Box office$1.5 million[1]
The full film

Stella Dallas is a 1925 American silent drama film that was produced by Samuel Goldwyn, adapted by Frances Marion, and directed by Henry King. The film stars Ronald Colman, Belle Bennett, Lois Moran, Alice Joyce, Jean Hersholt, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.[2][3] Prints of the film survive in several film archives.[4]

This was the first feature film adaptation of the 1923 novel Stella Dallas by Olive Higgins Prouty. Subsequent film versions were Stella Dallas (1937) and Stella (1990).

Plot

As described in a review in a film magazine,[5] upon the suicide of his father who has embezzled funds, Stephen Dallas (Colman), reared in luxury, forsakes, his sweetheart Helen (Joyce) and hides in a mill town. Lonely, he succumbs to the blandishments of Stella (Bennett). For a while their married life is happy and a baby girl is born. Stella, however, never rises to Stephen's social level. She dresses gaudily, her ideas and tastes are crude, her boon companion is a horseman of the coarse type. Stephen finally leaves her but allows her to keep the child. Laurel. Years pass. Laurel (Moran) grows up. Stella is brought to a realization of the fact that she is a drag on Laurel who takes after her father. Stifling her pride she agrees to a divorce so Stephen can marry Helen, now widow, to provide Laurel with a proper home and "mother," but Laurel refuses to leave her own mother. Stella, deciding that no sacrifice to too great for her daughter's happiness, hunts up her friend Ed (Hersholt), now a drunkard, and tells Laurel she is going to marry him and sends her to visit her father on the plea that she and Ed are going away for a year. Laurel resumes her romance with a fine young fellow and they are married, while Stella in the rain outside watches the ceremony and leaves weeping, but happy that her sacrifice has not been in vain.

Cast

References

  1. ^ Quigley Publishing Company "The All Time Best Sellers", International Motion Picture Almanac 1937-38 (1938) p. 942 accessed April 19, 2014
  2. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Stella Dallas
  3. ^ Stella Dallas at The Alice Joyce Website, by Greta De Groat
  4. ^ "Stella Dallas". American Silent Feature Film Survival Database. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  5. ^ Sewell, Charles S. (November 28, 1925). "Through the Box Office Window: Stella Dallas; Samuel Goldwyn Picture One of Finest Ever Made, Is Truly a Dramatic and Emotional Masterpiece". The Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Co. 77 (4): 342. Retrieved October 11, 2021.

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