Imitation of Life

Rated NR 106 minutes 1934

Widow Bea Pullman (Claudette Colbert) and her daughter, Jessie, take in a fair-skinned black girl and her mother, housekeeper Delilah Johnson (Louise Beavers). Struggling to make ends meet, Delilah shares her family pancake recipe with Bea, and the two decide to start a business on the Atlantic City boardwalk. Together, the women find great success and considerable fortune, but they also encounter family hardships and some deep-seated identity and racial problems.

Film Credits

Director: John Stahl

Producer: Carl Laemmle Jr., John Stahl and Henry Henigson

Cast: Claudette Colbert, Warren William and Louise Beavers

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