Imitation of Life Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 2042

Average Rating: 3/4

# of Ratings: 16

Theatrical Release Date: 11/26/1934

Language: English

Genre: Drama

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: John M. Stahl

Actors: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson, Ned Sparks, Louise Beavers, Fredi Washington

Plot: A woman and her daughter struggle when the husband passes away. But the arrival of new housekeeper Delilah Johnson, and her own daughter, changes things - especially when her pancake recipe is marketed and turns into a windfall. The two women become fast friends but share strained relationships with the two daughters. -- Chris Kavan

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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 08/02/2019

The first of 2 classic adaptations of "Imitation of Life." In the early 30s, audiences had yet to see a film that paired two actresses of different races the way this film did. While it certainly undercuts the darker side of prejudice at the time with traditional Depression-era romanticism, the superbly loving friendship between Colbert and Beavers still wins viewers hearts and tears.

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Gavin - wrote on 11/18/2009

This movie should stir some emotions and make you think about how you perceive yourself and others. Lana Turner plays an actress with a daughter who meets and hires a black woman to run her house. The black women also has a young daughter and this is the tale of the trials of these four women as they share their lives together. Mahalia Jackson adds a stirring song to this very interesting drama!

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