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Encyclopedia > Imitation of Life (1934 film)
Imitation of Life

VHS cover
Directed by John M. Stahl
Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr.
John M. Stahl
Written by Fannie Hurst (novel)
William Hurlbut
Starring Claudette Colbert
Warren William
Rochelle Hudson
Music by Heinz Roemheld
Cinematography Merritt B. Gerstad
Editing by Philip Cahn
Maurice Wright
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Released November 26, 1934
Running time 111 min.
Country USA
Language English
IMDb profile

Imitation of Life is a 1934 film directed by John M. Stahl, adapted by William Hurlbut from Fannie Hurst's novel Imitation of Life. It marked the first time in cinema history that a black woman's problems were given significant emotional weight in a major Hollywood motion picture. The film was nominated for the 1935 Academy Award for Best Picture and assistant director Scott Beal was nominated for Best Assistant Director. John Malcolm Stahl (January 21, 1886 – January 12, 1950) was an American film director and producer. ... Carl Laemmle Jr. ... John Malcolm Stahl (January 21, 1886 – January 12, 1950) was an American film director and producer. ... Fannie Hurst in 1932, portrait by Carl Van Vechten. ... Claudette Colbert Claudette Colbert (September 13, 1903 - July 30, 1996) was an Academy Award-winning French-American actress for It Happened One Night. ... Warren William (2 December 1894 - 24 September 1948) was a Broadway and Hollywood actor, born Warren William Krech in Aitkin, Minnesota. ... Rochelle Hudson Rochelle Hudson (March 6, 1914-January 17, 1972) was an American film actress from the 1930s through the 1960s. ... Universal Studios Theme Parks. ... November 26 is the 330th day (331st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... John Malcolm Stahl (January 21, 1886 – January 12, 1950) was an American film director and producer. ... Fannie Hurst in 1932, portrait by Carl Van Vechten. ... This cover to a reprint of Fannie Hurst Imitation of Life features a still from the 1959 Universal Pictures adaptation of the novel, starring Lana Turner (far right) and Juanita Moore (second from left). ... ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Academy Award for Best Picture is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ... In the first year only of this award it was not made in respect of any specific movie. ...


The film was released by Universal Pictures on November 26, 1934, and later re-issued in 1936. It was followed in 1959 by a color remake, also titled Imitation of Life, but the 1934 version is a more direct adaptation of Hurst's novel. November 26 is the 330th day (331st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Plot

Bea Pullman and her daughter Jessie take in housekeeper Delilah Johnson and her daughter Peola, in exchange for room and board. In a short amount of time, Delilah and Peola become family to Jessie and Bea. They particularly enjoy Delilah's pancakes, made from a special family recipe. Bea decides to start a pancake restaurant and later a pancake flour corporation, marketing Delilah as an Aunt Jemima-like figure. Two American-style pancakes A pancake is a batter cake fried in a pan or on a griddle with oil or butter. ... Look up flour in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Aunt Jemima is a trademark for pancake flour, syrup, and other breakfast foods. ...


As a result, Bea becomes a wealthy business woman, but all is not well. Jessie falls in love with her mother's boyfriend, Steven Archer, who is unaware at first of her affections. Peola, ashamed of her Black heritage, attempts to pass as white, breaking her mother Delilah's heart. Peola eventually runs away from home, and Delilah falls ill and eventually dies. Delilah's only wish was for a large, grand funeral, which Bea provides for her, complete with a marching band and a horse-drawn hearse. Just before the processional begins, however, a remorseful, crying, and apologetic Peola appears, begging her mother to forgive her for her shame and finally acknowledging in public that she is in fact black. The film ends with Bea breaking her engagement with Steven because of the situation with Jessie. Passing is a persons being regarded as a member of a social class other than his or her own, such as a different sex, race, or disability status, generally with the purpose of gaining social acceptance or of comporting with the persons own cultural or gender identity. ... The Wisconsin Band, known for its unique stop at the top high step, performs at the HHH Metrodome during a football game against arch-rival Minnesota. ... Binomial name Equus caballus Linnaeus, 1758 nugget For other uses, see Horse (disambiguation). ... A buddhist style japanese hearse A hearse is a funeral vehicle, a conveyance for the coffin from e. ...


Cast

Claudette Colbert Claudette Colbert (September 13, 1903 - July 30, 1996) was an Academy Award-winning French-American actress for It Happened One Night. ... Louise Beavers (March 8, 1902 - October 26, 1962) was a prolific African-American film actress. ... Fredi Washington (Fredericka Carolyn Washington) (December 23, 1903 - June 28, 1994) was an African-American film actress of the 1930s. ...

Trivia

  • Fredi Washington, the actress who plays the light-skinned daughter Peola, was an actual light-skinned African American, who was noted for turning down a number of offers by Hollywood agents to pass for white and become a star. Although many African Americans were screen-tested for the Sarah Jane role in the 1959 remake, Susan Kohner, of Mexican and Caucasian decent, won the role.
  • The DVD and VHS versions of the 1934 release are missing a title card with a short prologue that apparently was included in the original release. It reads:[1]
Atlantic City, in 1919, was not just a boardwalk, rolling-chairs and expensive hotels where bridal couples spent their honeymoons. A few blocks from the gaiety of the famous boardwalk, permanent citizens of the town lived and worked and reared families just like people in less glamorous cities.

Fredi Washington (Fredericka Carolyn Washington) (December 23, 1903 - June 28, 1994) was an African-American film actress of the 1930s. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... ... Susan Kohner (born November 11, 1936 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

See also

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