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Imitation of Life (1934)

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111 min | Drama, Romance

A struggling widow and her daughter take in a black housekeeper and her fair-skinned daughter; the two women start a successful business, but face familial, identity, and racial issues along the way.
Writers
Fannie Hurst (novel) | William Hurlbut (screenplay)
Cinematographer
Merritt B. Gerstad (as Merritt Gerstad)
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Updated Oct 31, 1934

Release date
Nov 26, 1934 (United States)

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Claudette Colbert
Beatrice Pullman Beatrice Pullman   See fewer
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Warren William
Stephen Archer Stephen Archer   See fewer
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Rochelle Hudson
Jessie Pullman Jessie Pullman   See fewer
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Ned Sparks
Elmer Smith Elmer Smith   See fewer
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Louise Beavers
Delilah Johnson Delilah Johnson   See fewer
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Fredi Washington
Peola Johnson Peola Johnson   See fewer
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Juanita Quigley
Baby Jessie Pullman (as Baby Jane) Baby Jessie Pullman (as Baby Jane)   See fewer
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Alan Hale
Martin the Furniture Man Martin the Furniture Man   See fewer
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Henry Armetta
The Painter The Painter   See fewer
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Wyndham Standing
Jarvis the Butler Jarvis the Butler   See fewer
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Monya Andre
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Alyce Ardell
French Maid (uncredited) French Maid (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Austin
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Dorothy Black
Peola Johnson, Age 10 (uncredited) Peola Johnson, Age 10 (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edna Bowdoin
Black Secretary (uncredited) Black Secretary (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tyler Brooke
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Daisy Bufford
Black Waitress (uncredited) Black Waitress (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joyce Compton
Young Woman at Party (uncredited) Young Woman at Party (uncredited)   See fewer
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William B. Davidson
Man Buying Cigar (uncredited) Man Buying Cigar (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sayre Dearing
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Norma Drew
Teacher (uncredited) Teacher (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jean Fenwick
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Noel Francis
Mrs. Eden (uncredited) Mrs. Eden (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paullyn Garner
Mrs. Ramsey (uncredited) Mrs. Ramsey (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dick Gordon
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Jesse Graves
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Reverend Gregg
Black Minister (uncredited) Black Minister (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sebie Hendricks
Peola Johnson, Age 4 (uncredited) Peola Johnson, Age 4 (uncredited)   See fewer
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G.P. Huntley
James (uncredited) James (uncredited)   See fewer
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Stuart Johnston
Black Undertaker (uncredited) Black Undertaker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Marcia Mae Jones
Peola's Frontrow Classmate (uncredited) Peola's Frontrow Classmate (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tiny Jones
Funeral Spectator (uncredited) Funeral Spectator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Marilyn Knowlden
Jessie Pullman, Age 8 (uncredited) Jessie Pullman, Age 8 (uncredited)   See fewer
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Henry Kolker
Dr. Preston (uncredited) Dr. Preston (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lenita Lane
Mrs. Dale (uncredited) Mrs. Dale (uncredited)   See fewer
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Curry Lee
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Bessie Lyle
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Hattie McDaniel
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Claire McDowell
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Harold Miller
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Julius Molnar
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Bert Moorhouse
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Edmund Mortimer
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David Newell
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Barry Norton
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Edgar Norton
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Dennis O'Keefe
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Franklin Pangborn
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Paul Porcasi
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Hayes Robinson
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Larry Steers
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Ethel Sykes
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Libby Taylor
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Alma Tell
Mrs. Craven (uncredited) Mrs. Craven (uncredited)   See fewer
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Fred 'Snowflake' Toones
Man at Funeral (uncredited) Man at Funeral (uncredited)   See fewer
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Martin Turner
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Walter Walker
Hugh (uncredited) Hugh (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hazel Washington
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7.5 / 10 | 3,666 votes