Stella Dallas. 1925. USA. Directed by Henry King. Screenplay by Frances Marion, based on the novel by Olive Higgins Prouty. With Ronald Colman, Belle Bennett, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. 35mm. Silent with piano accompaniment. 110 min.
In this drama of unconditional maternal love, Stella is a working-class girl who marries up when she falls in love with Stephen Dallas. When they separate after the birth of their daughter, Stella must sacrifice both body and soul to protect her child. The screenplay was written by two-time Oscar winner Frances Marion, one of the first women screenwriters of the 20th century.