Stella Dallas

1937

Action / Drama / Romance

5
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 90% · 10 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 83% · 1K ratings
IMDb Rating 7.4/10 10 6314 6.3K

Director

Top cast

Barbara Stanwyck as Stella Dallas
Laraine Day as Girl at Soda Shop / Train Passenger
John Boles as Stephen Dallas
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972.04 MB
968*720
English 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 46 min
Seeds 1
1.76 GB
1440*1072
English 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 46 min
Seeds 6

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ccthemovieman-1 8 / 10

Powerful Drama Guaranteed To Evoke Emotions

Make no mistake: this is a soap opera, plain and simple. Normally, that turns me off but I didn't mind here because Barbara Stanwyck is just superb to watch. Playing the title role, she dominates the film, and that's fine with me. I usually find her an interesting woman who makes her characters come alive.

This is a powerful story, especially so, I would presume, if you are the mother of a teenage girl. Here, Anne Shirley plays Stanwyck's daughter. What "Stella" (Stanwyck) does at the end of the film makes for a great story but I doubt, frankly, if any mother could do that. The story is guaranteed to make some impact your emotions! I don't want to say more to spoil anything.

I enjoyed John Boles role in here and really, really liked Barbara O'Neil's character, "Helen Morrison Dallas." Personally, I couldn't watch this many times but if I think it has so much to offer that I readily understand those who would watch this over and over. It has a lot going for it.

Reviewed by lee_eisenberg 10 / 10

Some things were just never meant to be!

In the '30s, musicals glorifying rich people dominated Hollywood; "Stella Dallas" turned that genre on its head. Stella Martin (Barbara Stanwyck) comes from the working class and is as unrefined as can be. She decides to get out of that life by marrying very wealthy Stephen Dallas (John Boles). They have a daughter, Laurel (Anne Shirley), but then Stella and Stephen begin to drift apart from each other. As Stella refuses to adapt to the rich lifestyle, she decides to sacrifice everything so that Laurel may live a better life.

Watching the movie, I can see why producer Samuel Goldwyn cried when he saw it. The top-notch acting from all the cast members, and the excellent use of cinematography, make this a movie meriting all forms of accolades. It is a perfect movie in every way, shape and form. Above all, it shows what a great actress Barbara Stanwyck was. Few movies have ever been as great as "Stella Dallas".

Reviewed by MartinHafer 8 / 10

Very soapy and old fashioned but it still works so very well.

This isn't a bad movie, as Barbara Stanwyck did a good job with the material she was given AND this film was exactly the type of film they loved back in 1937. The problem, though, is today the film seems pretty dated and soap opera-like and some might be so turned off by this that they won't give the film a fair chance. And for me, a great fan of classic Hollywood films, I could enjoy the movie despite this occasionally over-the-top style. But, for teens and a more contemporary audience, I think this film MIGHT be very slow and perhaps silly in spots. I recently saw it with my 12 year-old and she actually enjoyed it quite a bit, so the film can be enjoyed by a preteen or teen if they are willing to give it a chance.

Stella is a well-meaning mother with little class but a decent amount of money. As far a being a wife goes, however, she is horrid--and has as much regard for her poor estranged husband as the average person might have for a used piece of gum!! Early on in their rocky marriage, his job transfers him to New York, but she refuses to come along. All she cares about is raising her daughter and making sure the hubby's checks clear. The only other problem (other than her crappy marriage) is that Stella has little, if any, class and prefers to hang out with her drunk friend (Mr. Munn) instead of a decent man. As the movie progresses, she begins to spend less and less time with Munn due to his advancing alcoholism BUT she also begins to wear clothes that might make a scarecrow embarrassed. While she doesn't drink, she dresses like a drunk floozy and becomes a source of embarrassment for her daughter. Now the daughter IS a very good and decent girl, so she chooses to remain loyal and loving towards Stella. Eventually, though, Stella learns she is holding her daughter back and makes the supreme sacrifice--sending the daughter to live with her father and brand-new wife.

The film has excellent acting and towards the weepy conclusion, I found myself on the verge of tears. While the film at times makes little sense (why did she treat her husband so badly AND why could everyone see that she dressed horridly but her?), the overall effect is very satisfying providing you can forgive a few minor melodramatic excesses.

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