Stella (1950 film)

Stella is a 1950 American black comedy film directed by Claude Binyon and starring Ann Sheridan, Victor Mature and Leif Erickson.

Ann Sheridan and David Wayne in Stella
Directed byClaude Binyon
Produced bySol C. Siegel
Written byClaude Binyon
Based onFamily Skeleton
by Doris Miles Disney
StarringAnn Sheridan
Victor Mature
Leif Erickson
Music byCyril J. Mockridge
CinematographyJoseph MacDonald
Edited byHarmon Jones
Distributed byTwentieth Century-Fox
Release date
  • July 20, 1950 (1950-07-20)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States


When a relative dies in an accident, family members worry that they will be suspected of murder, so they bury the body, but that does not solve anything.



The novel Family Skeleton was published in 1949. The New York Times described the book as "half humorous... not a mystery, hardly even a murder novel, and certainly not the light farce suggested by the publisher's grinning skull symbol."[1] Hero Jeff di Marco later appeared in Disney's Straw Man in 1951.[2]

The film was known as Stella and the City Man.[3] Susan Hayward was meant to play the title role but refused and was put on suspension. Ann Sheridan replaced her. Filming started in March 1950.[4]

Stella was Hobart Cavanaugh's last film; he knew he did not have long to live and collapsed twice on set, but was determined to see it through.[5]


  1. Killing of Uncle Joe: FAMILY SKELETON. By Doris Miles Disney. 188 pp. New York: Doubleday-Crime Club. $2.25. A. B.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 22 May 1949: BR29.
  2. Criminals at Large By ANTHONY BOUCHER. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 21 Oct 1951: 195.
  3. PARAMOUNT GETS OPTION ON NOVEL: TO ENACT TITLE ROLE By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 01 Mar 1950: 42
  4. HAWKS, LASKER BUY RIGHTS TO 'BIG SKY': Producing Firm Acquires A. B. Guthrie Novel for Filming in the Late Summer Ross Acquires "Rendezvous" By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 13 Mar 1950: 15.
  5. "Jimmy Fidler in Hollywood". Valley Morning Star. May 5, 1950 via
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