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Imitation of life.

Laemmle, Carl, 1908-1979 (film producer.). Hurlbut, William J. (William James), 1883-1957 (screenwriter.). Stahl, John M., 1886-1950 (film director.). Colbert, Claudette, (actor.). William, Warren, 1895-1948 (actor.). Hudson, Rochelle, 1916-1972 (actor.). Sparks, Ned, 1883-1957 (actor.). Beavers, Louise, 1902-1962 (actor.). Washington, Fredi, 1903-1994 (actor.). Quigley, Juanita, 1931- (actor.). Hale, Alan, 1892-1950 (actor.). Armetta, Henry, 1888-1945 (actor.). Standing, Wyndham, 1880-1963 (actor.). Griffin, Eleanore, (screenwriter.). Scott, Allan, 1906-1995 (screenwriter.). Hunter, Ross, (film producer.). Sirk, Douglas, 1897-1987 (film producer.). Turner, Lana, 1921-1995 (actor.). Gavin, John, 1931-2018 (actor.). Dee, Sandra, (actor.). Kohner, Susan, 1936- (actor.). Alda, Robert, (actor.). O'Herlihy, Dan, 1919-2005 (actor.). Moore, Juanita, (actor.). Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968 Imitation of life. (Added Author). Clayton, Avery, (interviewee (expression)). Hirsch, Foster, (interviewee (expression)). Universal Pictures Company. (Added Author). Universal-International (Firm) (Added Author). Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Firm) (Added Author). 1934 version: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson, Ned Sparks, Louise Beavers, Fredi Washington, Baby Jane (Juanita Quigley), Alan Hale, Henry Armetta, Wyndham Standing. (Cast). 1959 version: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner, Robert Alda, Dan O'Herlihy, Juanita Moore, Mahalia Jackson, Troy Donahue. (Cast).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Alexandria-Monroe PL - Alexandria DRAMA IMI (Text) 37521530642869 AMPL Adult DVD Drama Available -
Jackson Co PL - Seymour Main Library DVD FIC IMITATIO (Text) 37500004356974 Movies Available -

Record details

  • Physical Description: 2 videodiscs (236 min.) : sound, black and white and color ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: Two-disc special ed.
  • Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, [2012]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Based on the novel: Imitation of life / by Fannie Hurst.
Bonus features. Featurette, Lasting Legacy - An Imitation of Life (32 min.). 1934 version: feature commentary with African-American cultural scholar Avery Clayton ; theatrical trailer. 1959 version: feature commentary with film historian Foster Hirsch ; theatrical trailer.
Originally produced as motion pictures in 1934 and 1959.
Formatted Contents Note:
Disc 1. Imitation of life / a Universal picture ; the new Universal presents ; produced by Carl Laemmle, Jr. ; screenplay, William Hurlbut ; directed by John M. Stahl (1934, b&w, 111 min.) -- Disc 2. Imitation of life / Universal-International presents ; screenplay by Eleanore Griffin and Allan Scott ; produced by Ross Hunter ; directed by Douglas Sirk (1959, col., 125 min.).
Creation/Production Credits Note:
1934 version: Photography, Merritt Gerstad ; film editors, Philip Cahn, Maurice Wright.
1959 version: Director of photography, Russell Metty ; film editor, Milton Carruth ; music, Frank Skinner.
Participant or Performer Note:
1934 version: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson, Ned Sparks, Louise Beavers, Fredi Washington, Baby Jane (Juanita Quigley), Alan Hale, Henry Armetta, Wyndham Standing.
1959 version: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner, Robert Alda, Dan O'Herlihy, Juanita Moore, Mahalia Jackson, Troy Donahue.
Summary, etc.:
1934 version: Two single mothers join together to form a successful business, but find that material success does nothing to stabilize their personal lives.
1959 version: Two single mothers, a down-on-her-luck actress and a homeless woman, attempt to find happiness for themselves and their daughters.
Target Audience Note:
Not rated.
System Details Note:
DVD ; NTSC, Region 1 ; full frame (1.33:1, 1934 version) & anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1, 1959 version) ; Dolby Digital 2.0 mono. ; dual layer.
Language Note:
In English, with optional English SDH, French or Spanish subtitles.
Subject: Single mothers > Drama.
Mothers and daughters > Drama.
Passing (Identity) > Drama.
Genre: Fiction films.
Feature films.

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