Summer Nights Film Series: Stella Dallas

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Summer Nights Film Series continues Friday, July 2, 2010 with the 1937 classic Stella Dallas. This black and white tear jerker about mother daughter relationships is sure to enlighten this Friday at the IMA’s outdoor amphitheatre. Indianapolis peopleare invited to show up at 6:00 pm or 6:30 pm (depending on membership status to this Indianapolis art museum) and the film starts at dusk. A picnic and a blanket is all you need for a complete evening of entertainment at the IMA this Friday night. Facing the new Virgina Fairbanks 100 Acres Art and Nature Park, the IMA’s amphitheatre has a wonderful view of the Indianapolis canal walk. Don’t miss this Summer fun event at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Released in 1937, Stella Dallas features some of the biggest names of Hollywood during that era. Barbara Stanwyck plays Stella (Martin) Dallas, a young woman living in post a World War I Massachusetts factory town. She makes a lateral social move when she marries Stephen Dallas, played by John Boles, who promises her both financial security and romance. Together they have a daughter, Laurel (played by Anne Shirley), making them a picture of perfect marital bliss. That is until Stephen’s incessant demands that Stella keep up with impossible high society threatens their marriage. Unhappy with his wife’s failure to keep up with the Jones’, he leaves her and their daughter Laurel for his former fiancee Helen Morrison (played by Barbara O’Neil).

From then on, Stella vows to give her daughter all the privilege to which Laurel is entitled, no matter the cost. Nothing is too good for Laurel, in Stella’s mind. Determined to give her everything she never had, Stella will stop at nothing to make sure Laurel grows up in the lap of luxury. With expensive trips and boarding school, Laurel becomes everything Stella never could be for her former husband Stephen. But when she realizes that Laurel could go much farther without her for a mother, she is faced with the ultimate sacrifice. This heart wrenching tale is rounded out with solid performances from Marjorie Main as Mrs. Martin, Alan Hale as Ed Munn, Tim Holt as Richard Grosvenor III, George Wolcott as Charlie Martin and the amazing Hattie McDaniel as the maid.

Enjoy a piece of classic American cinema history as you watch Academy Award nominated performances from Anne Shirley and Barbara Stanwyck. Directed by King Vidor, the film runs 106 minutes long. Tickets to Stella Dallas in the Summer Nights Film Series are $5.00 for members of this Indianapolis museum and $10.00 to Indianapolis peopleIndianapolis kids under six are admitted for FREE. The movies are shown in the gorgeous outdoor amphitheatre on the ground of the IMA, facing the 100 Acres: Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park. Doors open at 6:00 pm to members of the IMA and 6:30 pm to the public. The film begins at sunset.

Video: Stella Dallas at the IMA’s Summer Nights Film Series, Indianapolis, Indiana


Enjoy a full barbecue with cash bar before the Summer Nights Film Series for only $30.00 ($25.00 for members of this Indianapolis art museum). Barbecue tickets for kids at seven to ten are $19.00 for the public and $15.00 for members. For kids age four to six, tickets are $10.00. On the menu are freshly grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, black bean burger and a variety of summer salads and treats. Barbecue starts at 6:00 pm.

After the film head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural districtBroad Ripple Village, for cocktails from any of these Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun! m Make the Circle City your playground!

Stella Dallas
Friday, July 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46208


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