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Imitation of Life (1959)

Based on Fannie Hurst's novel. Directed by Douglas Sirk. Cast: Lana Turner (Lora Meredith), John Gavin (Steve Archer). Draws the audience into an underworld of backstairs and neon gutters with the story of an exploited black maid (played by a white actress) and her daughter trying to pass for white. 124 min. ; (copy 2) Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Banned by the Memphis, Tennessee Board of Censors. The Chair of the Board, Lloyd Binford, expressed the opinion that the film was 'the worst case of racial equality' he had ever seen. [Strub, Whitney. "Black and White and Banned All Over: Race, Censorship and Obscenity in Postwar Memphis." Journal of Social History March 22, 2007 Full-text of this article / review is available: Berkeley users only ]