Stella Dallas (1937)
7/10
"Aw, go on! Don't red apple me!"
5 August 2014
'Wrong side of the tracks' Stella Martin (Barbara Stanwyck) marries 'right side of the tracks' Stephen Dallas (John Boles). They have a daughter and, for some reason, Stella becomes absolutely the worst wife a guy could ask for and the couple splits up. Stella's only redeeming quality is her love for her daughter. When Stephen remarries, this time to a woman with class, Stella must make a heartbreaking choice for her daughter's happiness.

Classic tearjerker offers one of Barbara Stanwyck's best dramatic performances. It's a testament to Stanwyck's talent that she can make you care about a character that is so unlikable. Normally wooden John Boles also has one of his best roles here. Also features Alan Hale, Marjorie Main, and lovely Anne Shirley, one of the prettiest actresses in Hollywood history. Alfred Newman's score is superb. King Vidor directed this fine soaper. Essential viewing for Stanwyck fans.
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