Stella Dallas
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Stella Dallas
One of the silent era's most popular tearjerkers, this soapy melodrama was adapted by legendary screenwriter Frances Marion from the 1923 novel by Olive Higgins Prouty. Belle Bennett stars as Stella Dallas, a small town girl who is devastated by her father's death and quickly marries the upper class Stephen Dallas (Ronald Colman), with whom she has nothing in common. After the birth of a daughter, Laurel, the Dallases go their separate ways, Stephen returning to New York. As Laurel (Lois Moran) grows into a spirited young woman, Stella realizes that Stephen can provide their daughter… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though it includes some respectable elements, it is essentially a trashy moving picture based on a trashy story."
‑ Edmund Wilson, The New Republic
"A mother picture. Not a great picture, but a great mother picture. Its sentiment is terrific."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
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