Imitation of Life Movie Review 1959

Information and Film Reviews for Imitation of Life the Movie

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Remake of the successful 1939 Claudette Colbert outing of the same title, and based on Fanny Hurst's novel, with a few plot changes. Turner is a single mother, more determined to achieve acting fame and fortune than function as a parent. Her black maid, Moore, is devoted to her own daughter (Kohner), but loses her when the girl discovers she can pass for white. When Turner discovers that she and her daughter are in love with the same man, she realizes how little she knows her daughter, and how much the two of them have missed by not having a stronger relationship. Highly successful at the boxoffice.


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Available on VHS
Running time 124 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Books to Film: Fanny Hurst, Not-So-True Identity, Price of Fame, African America, The Help: Female, Moms
Lana Turner, John Gavin, Troy Donahue, Sandra Dee, Juanita Moore, Susan Kohner
Russell Metty
Douglas Sirk
Ross Hunter


Golden Globes 1960: Support. Actress (Kohner).

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