Imitation of Life Movie Review 1934

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Fannie Hurst novel tells the story of widowed Beatrice Pullman (Colbert) who uses maid Delilah's (Beaver) recipe for pancakes in order to have the women open a restaurant, which becomes a success. Both mothers suffer at the hands of their willfull teenaged daughters. Delilah's lightskinned daughter Peola (Washington) breaks away from her mother so she can continue to pass for white and Bea's daughter Jessie (Hudson) has a serious crush on her mother's beau, Stephen (William). Weepie was also successfully filmed in 1959.


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Available on VHS
Running time 106 minutes.

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Tearjerkers, Moms, Not-So-True Identity, Books to Film: Fanny Hurst, Price of Fame, African America, The Help: Female
Preston Sturges, William Hurlbut
Claudette Colbert, Louise Beavers, Rochelle Hudson, Fredi Washington, Warren William, Ned Sparks, Alan Hale
Merritt B. Gerstad
John M. Stahl
Carl Laemmle, Universal Pictures


Natl. Film Reg. 2005.

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