This is one of those mother-daughter tearjerkers that I always seem to hate. I will cry at the end of Star Wars but I always watch movies like this with a stony face. Just wait until we get to the Terms of Endearment post!
Barbara Stanwyck won an Oscar for her performance in this film and it is well deserved; she is absolutely phenomenal. Throughout the film, Stanwyck gets older and frumpier. I always admire actresses who allow themselves to look ugly on screen. I think the plot is just...meh. A woman has to make the ultimate sacrifice for her daughter so her daughter can have shallow opportunities.
This is a movie worth seeing because of the amazing acting but not much else. Unless you are into the sappy, female bonding movies, in which case, rent Beaches instead.
Ruth Chatterton turned down the role of Stella because she had just played such a bad wife in Dodsworth.
Became a radio serial in October of 1937 because of its immense popularity.
Available on YouTube. First part: