Happy MCW! My favorite 50's movie for this week (and this is a tough decision actually, there are many that I just love) ... anyway, I went with Imitation of Life starring Sandra Dee and others I can't think of their names right now.
This is the type of movie that might come on late night when I was a kid, and mom would let me stay up to watch because there was some sort of life lesson that I needed to learn. And really, I think I learned most of my life lessons via television. Much easier on moms in those days to plonk the kids in front of Leave it to Beaver or Lassie and let us learn how to behave. It worked for me at any rate.
This movie is epic in many ways ... lots of melodrama, the racial issue, the coming-of-age issue. And it might just be why I wasn't afraid of being Single Mom for a long time. Lots of strong women in these 1950's movies, they totally don't get the credit they should.
Now, if "Suddenly Last Summer" had been a 1950's (alas, it was 1960), well, that would have been my choice. Meanwhile, here is IMITATION OF LIFE.