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Imitation of Life ()

directed by Douglas Sirk
featuring Lana Turner, John Gavin, Juanita Moore, Sandra Dee, Dan O'Herlihy, Robert Alda, Susan Kohner

This glamorized remake of the 1934 film Imitation of Life bears only a passing resemblance to its source, the best-selling novel by Fannie Hurst. Originally, the heroine was a widowed mother who kept the wolf from the door by setting up a successful pancake business with her black housemaid. In the remake, Lana Turner stars as a would-be actress who is raising her daughter on her own. She chances to meet another single mother at the beach: African-American Juanita Moore. Moore goes to work as Turner's housekeeper, bringing ...

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