Sunday, July 2, 2017

STELLA DAVIS(directed by King Vidor) shows how motherhood can redeem even a no-good worthless tramp.

Barbara Stanwyck delivers a sterling performance as a woman of spunk and ambition. And ridiculousness. Born poor and raise vulgar, her idea of success and respectability is marrying up, partying, and weraing too much jewelry, real or fake. Estranged from her well-heeled husband who can't satisfy her appetites, she ends up raising her daughter alone. The girl, taking after her father, is a kinder and gentler creature. And Stella, with her maternal instincts kicking in, must make sacrifices for her beloved daughter. It's melodrama but wonderfully done.

Rating 4/5

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