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Imitation of Life
The lives of a widow and her housekeeper are united first in mutual need, then success and ultimately, in heartache in this Academy Award(R)-nominated Best Picture. Claudette Colbert and Louise Beavers are superb as Bea and Delilah, two women with young daughters who build a life and a fortune together selling Delilah's pancake recipe. But success doesn't save them from sorrow with the passing years. Delilah's light-skinned teenager rejects her mother and her race, while Bea must choose between the man she loves and the daughter who loves him, too. Now all of them will pay the price of love in this spellbinding classic, revered as one of the all-time Hollywood tear-jerkers, from collaborators William Hurlbut and Preston Sturges.
Drama
112 min
1934
FAM
Universal Studios
English
VUDU Community
4.2
TOMATOMETER
100%
Cast & Crew
 
John M. Stahl
John M. Stahl
Director
Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
Beatrice "Bea" Pullman
Louise Beavers
Louise Beavers
Delilah Johnson
Warren William
Warren William
Stephen "Steve" Archer
Ned Sparks
Ned Sparks
Elmer Smith
Fredi Washington
Fredi Washington
Peola Johnson, Age 19
Rochelle Hudson
Rochelle Hudson
Jessie Pullman, Age 18
Alan Sr. Hale
Alan Sr. Hale
Martin, Furniture Man
Henry Armetta
Henry Armetta
Painter
Wyndham Standing
Wyndham Standing
Jarvis, Beatrice's Butler
Juanita Quigley
Juanita Quigley
Jessie Pullman, Age 3
Clarence H. Wilson
Clarence H. Wilson
Mr. Bristol, Landlord
Henry Kolker
Henry Kolker
Dr. Preston
Marilyn Knowlden
Marilyn Knowlden
Jessie Pullman, Age 8
Noel Francis
Noel Francis
Mrs. Eden
Tyler Brooke
Tyler Brooke
Tipsy Man
Joyce Compton
Joyce Compton
Woman
Hattie R. McDaniel
Hattie R. McDaniel
Dance Extra
Lenita Lane
Lenita Lane
Mrs. Dale
Claire McDowell
Claire McDowell
Teacher
Barry Norton
Barry Norton
Young Man
Franklin Pangborn
Franklin Pangborn
Mr. Carven
Paul Porcasi
Paul Porcasi
Restaurant Manager
Mme. Sul Te Wan
Mme. Sul Te Wan
Cook
Fred "Snowflake" Toones
Fred "Snowflake" Toones
Bits at Funeral
Walter Walker
Walter Walker
Hugh
William Austin
William Austin
Englishman
Dennis O'Keefe
Dennis O'Keefe
Carl Laemmle, Jr.
Carl Laemmle, Jr.
Producer
Fannie Hurst
Fannie Hurst
Book Author
William Hurlbut
William Hurlbut
Screenwriter