Stella Dallas (1925 film)

Stella Dallas is a 1925 American silent drama film that was produced by Samuel Goldwyn, adapted by Frances Marion, and directed by Henry King. The film stars Ronald Colman, Belle Bennett, Lois Moran, Alice Joyce, Jean Hersholt, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.[2][3] Prints of the film survive in several film archives.[4]

Stella Dallas
Film poster
Directed byHenry King
Produced bySamuel Goldwyn
Written byFrances Marion
Based onStella Dallas
1923 novel
by Olive Higgins Prouty
StarringRonald Colman
Belle Bennett
Lois Moran
CinematographyArthur Edeson
Edited byStuart Heisler
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • November 16, 1925 (1925-11-16)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Box office$1.5 million[1]

This was the first feature film adaptation of the 1923 novel Stella Dallas by Olive Higgins Prouty. Subsequent film versions were Stella Dallas (1937) and Stella (1990).


Stella Dallas (Belle Bennett), a small town girl, marries the upper class Stephen Dallas (Ronald Colman), with whom she has nothing in common. After the birth of a daughter, Laurel (Lois Moran), the Dallases go their separate ways.[5]



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