Imitation of Life

Imitation of Life

Directed by John M. Stahl • 1934 • United States
Starring Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson

Adapted from the novel by Fannie Hurst, this groundbreaking look at American racial attitudes traces the complex relationship that develops between Bea Pullman (Claudette Colbert), a widowed white mother, and Delilah Johnson (Louise Beavers), her Black housekeeper. The profitable pancake business that the two women start lifts them out of poverty—but with success comes a host of personal problems involving questions of race and romance. Director John M. Stahl explores issues of colorism, passing, and interracial friendship with a sensitivity decades ahead of its time.

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Imitation of Life
  • Imitation of Life

    Directed by John M. Stahl • 1934 • United States
    Starring Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson

    Adapted from the novel by Fannie Hurst, this groundbreaking look at American racial attitudes traces the complex relationship that develops between Bea Pullman (Claudette Colbert), a wido...