Stella Dallas is a movie starring Barbara Stanwyck, John Boles, Edmund Elton, Alan Hale, Marjorie Main and Barbara O'Neil. Directed by King Vidor, the movie was released in the year 1937. The story of Stella Dallas revolves around a promiscuous mother who sacrifices everything in her life to secure the happiness of her only child. Read on further to know about the full summary and movie review of Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas (Barbara Stanwyck) is a woman eager to run away from her
home and her authoritarian father. As a means of her escape, she sets
her sight on Stephen Dallas (John Boles), a plant manager belonging to
an affluent family. After having a short affair, Stella and Stephen get
married. Some time later, they are blessed with a daughter, whom they
name as Laurel. However, as time passes by, Stephen starts getting
irritated by the loud and vulgar manner of Stella. At the same time,
Stella is put off by his lectures on manners and conduct.
She starts spending time with Ed Munn (Alan Hale). Ultimately, Stephen
and Stella get divorced and he marries Helen Morrison (Barbara O'Neil).
Stella, divorced from her husband, devotes her life entirely to her
daughter, Laurel. One day, she takes Laurel to an expensive resort for a
vacation. There, Laurel befriends rich kids. It is here that Stella
realizes that it would be better to keep Laurel away from her mother's
influence. For her daughter's good, Stella sacrifices her love and sends
Laurel to her father's home in New York. Stella Dallas is presented as
the epitome of a mother's love, who sacrifices her love for her only
child to ensure her happiness.