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Status: Released

Runtime: 125

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Language: en

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  • 1959-04-30

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Content Score: 100

5.6/10 (9 votes)


Lora Meredith (Lana Turner), a white single mother who dreams of being on Broadway, has a chance encounter with Annie Johnson (Juanita Moore), a black widow. Annie becomes the caretaker of Lora's daughter, Suzie (Sandra Dee), while Lora pursues her stage career. Both women deal with the difficulties of motherhood: Lora's thirst for fame threatens her relationship with Suzie, while Annie's light-skinned daughter, Sarah Jane (Susan Kohner), struggles with her African-American identity.


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Director: Douglas Sirk
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Lana Turner

Lana Turner
as Lora Meredith

Juanita Moore

Juanita Moore
as Annie Johnson

John Gavin

John Gavin
as Steve Archer

Sandra Dee

Sandra Dee
as Susie

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