Imitation of Life (1959)

Imitation of Life
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 2hr 5mins.
Genres Drama, Adaptation, Romance, Remake
Keywords mother/daughter, racism, tearjerker
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Milton Carruth Editor n/a 172 7000001
Russell Metty Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Frank Skinner Music n/a 120781 8000001
Joseph Gershenson Music Supervisor n/a 120872 8000002
Arnold Hughes Song ("Empty Arms") 120859 8000004
Sammy Fain Song ("Imitation of Life") 120859 8000003
Wilson Shyer Assistant Director n/a 163 5000002
Frank Shaw Assistant Director n/a 163 5000001
Douglas Sirk Director n/a 2 2000001
Chuckie Bradley Actor n/a 1 1000032
Ross Hunter Producer n/a 3 3000001
Eleanore Griffin Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Fannie Hurst Source Material (from novel) n/a 120793 4000003
Allan Scott Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
Earl Grant Song Performer ("Imitation of Life") 120788 8000005
Susan Kohner Song Performer ("Empty Arms") 120788 8000006
Bill Thomas Costume Designer costume design 169 13000002
Jean Louis Costume Designer costume design(Lana Turner) 169 13000001
Bud Westmore Makeup n/a 353 13000003
Leslie I Carey Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Clifford Stine Special Effects n/a 168 23000001
Joe Lapis Sound n/a 120816 14000002
Richard H Reidel Art Director art direction 183 9000004
Alexander Golitzen Art Director art direction 183 9000003
Paul Francis Webster Theme Lyrics lyrics("Imitation of Life") 120861 8000008
Mahalia Jackson Song Performer ("Trouble of the World") 120788 8000007
Frederick Herbert Theme Lyrics lyrics("Empty Arms") 120861 8000009
Russell A Gausman Set Decorator n/a 165 9000001
Julia Heron Set Decorator n/a 165 9000002
Leota Lorraine Actor n/a 1 1000031
Forbes Murray Actor n/a 1 1000030
Karin Dicker Actor Sarah Jane--Age 8 1 1000010
Mahalia Jackson Actor Herself 1 1000009
John Vivyan Actor Young Man 1 1000011
Lee Goodman Actor Photographer 1 1000012
Troy Donahue Actor Frankie 1 1000014
Ann Robinson Actor Showgirl 1 1000013
Terry Burnham Actor Susie--Age 6 1 1000008
Juanita Moore Actor Annie Johnson 1 1000007
Sandra Dee Actor Susie Meredith--Age 16 1 1000003
John Gavin Actor Steve Archer 1 1000002
Dan O'Herlihy Actor David Edwards 1 1000004
Susan Kohner Actor Sarah Jane--Age 18 1 1000005
Robert Alda Actor Allen Loomis 1 1000006
Sandra Gould Actor Receptionist 1 1000015
David Tomack Actor Burly Man 1 1000016
Paul Bradley Actor Preston Mitchell 1 1000025
Cicely Evans Actor Louise 1 1000024
Napoleon Whiting Actor Kenneth 1 1000026
Myrna Fahey Actor Actress 1 1000027
George Barrows Actor Furniture Mover 1 1000029
Eddie Parker Actor Policeman 1 1000028
Bess Flowers Actor Actress 1 1000023
Peg Shirley Actor Fay 1 1000022
Jack Weston Actor Stage Manager 1 1000018
Joel Fluellen Actor Minister 1 1000017
Billy House Actor Fat Man 1 1000019
Maida Severn Actor Teacher 1 1000020
Than Wyenn Actor Romano 1 1000021
Lana Turner Actor Lora Meredith 1 1000001
Synopsis
Story follows the lives of two mothers and their relationships to their only child daughters. The one mother, a successful actress, has grown distant from her daughter. The other is the black housekeeper to the actress whose own light-skinned daughter can pass for white and decides to disown any connection to her race, much to her mother's heartbreak.