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Stella Dallas (1925 film)

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Stella Dallas
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
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[2]
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.[3][4] Prints of the film survive in several film archives.[5]

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).

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As described in a review in a 1925 film magazine,[6] 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, and her boon companion is a horseman of the coarse type. Stephen finally leaves her but agrees she can keep their child, Laurel.

Years pass. Laurel (Moran) grows up. Stella comes to the realization that she is a drag on Laurel who takes after her father. Stifling her pride she agrees to a divorce so that Stephen can marry Helen, now a widow, to provide Laurel with a proper home and "mother," but Laurel refuses to leave her own mother. Stella, deciding that no sacrifice is too great for her daughter's happiness, hunts for her friend Ed (Hersholt), now a drunkard, and tells Laurel she is going to marry him. She sends her to visit her father and claims that she and Ed are going away for a year.

Laurel resumes her romance with a fine young fellow and marries him, and Stella in the rain outside watches the ceremony and leaves weeping but happy that her sacrifice has not been in vain.



  1. ^ "Inside Stuff". Variety. October 21, 1925. p. 37. Retrieved March 20, 2023.
  2. ^ Quigley Publishing Company "The All Time Best Sellers", International Motion Picture Almanac 1937-38 (1938) p. 942 accessed April 19, 2014
  3. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Stella Dallas
  4. ^ Stella Dallas at The Alice Joyce Website, by Greta De Groat
  5. ^ "Stella Dallas". American Silent Feature Film Survival Database. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  6. ^ 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. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

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