Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas (1937)

Produced by Sam Goldwyn, this second film version of Olive Higgins Prouty's Stella Dallas is by far the best. The combined talents of Goldwyn, director King Vidor and star Barbara Stanwyck lift this property far above the level of mere… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 6, 1937
DVD Release Date: December 10, 2013
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Barbara Stanwyck gives a sensational brassy performance as the ambitious poor girl trying to make a better life for herself by marrying above her class.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...improves as it goes along...

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

Stella Dallas itself-sentimental without question, building to an act of heartbreaking selflessness-earns the copious tears it jerks, embodying the "weepie" in every respect, yet more complicated and more flush with genuine emotion.

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Emanuel Levy

King Vidor's tasteful direction and Stanwyck's heartbreaking performance as the self-sacrificing mother are responsible for the emotional power of this melodrama, recently evaluated and elevated by both feminist and auteurist critics.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Saskia D.
Stanwyck was marvelous as Stella Dallas. A role and character that is perfectly matched with Stanwycks loose and and natural way of acting. In an environment… More
Aj V
This was a really good drama, it's sad too. Stanwyk gives a great performance.
Devon Bott
Poor Stella. All she wanted was to fool a rich man into marrying her, so that he might give her the kind of extravagant lifestyle she always knew she deserved.… More
jay nixon
Barbara is heartbreakingly good in this, the last scene is some of the best screen acting ever. The film's style is antiquated however.
Michael Gildea
Barbara Stanwyck was amazing in Stella Dallas. She mastered tacky and grotesque magnificently, all the way from her "weight gain" to the final scene.… More
John Ballantine
This type of film which depicts a woman who doesn't quite measure up to the social status of her man is too often the subject of films but Stanwyck's… More