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Min and Bill (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 29 November 1930 (USA)
Min, the owner of a dockside hotel, is forced to make difficult decisions about the future of Nancy, the young woman she took in as an infant.

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(as George Hill)

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(suggested from the book: "Dark Star" by), (scenario and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Min
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Bill
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Nancy
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Bella
Don Dillaway ...
Dick (as Donald Dillaway)
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Groot
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Alec
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Mr. Southard (as Frank McGlynn)
Gretta Gould ...
Mrs. Southard
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Storyline

Min owns the waterfront hotel where Bill, the captain of a fishing boat, lives. Also living and working in the hotel is Nancy, whom Min took in some years ago as an abandoned girl. Now that Nancy is older, the truant officer and the police think that she should be moved to a different environment, and Min is torn between her attachment to Nancy and her concern that the waterfront may not be the best place for a young woman. Matters are brought to a head by the sudden re-appearance of Belle, Nancy's disreputable mother. Written by Snow Leopard

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Comedy | Drama

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29 November 1930 (USA)  »

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Derelict  »

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Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (copyright time)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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This film had its first television showing in Los Angeles Monday 17 December 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by New York City Wednesday 30 January 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2) and by Philadelphia Tuesday 5 February 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); in San Francisco it first aired 17 September 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Quotes

Bella Pringle: [to Min] You know me. When I call a spade a spade, no one protests.
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Hungarian Rag
(uncredited)
Music by Julius Lenzberg
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It's all about acting with the face
20 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This isn't a great movie, certainly. But Dressler's performance is just as certainly great.

She acts with her face. And what a face! If being a movie star meant being beautiful and glamorous, Dressler had that - not at all. Her face was truly homely. But it was capable of a hundred different expressions, some of them quite subtle. She was, in a sense, the female Lon Chaney. You can see why she would have been a hit in the silents.

She can also do physical comedy with the best of them. Her knock-down, drag-out fight with Berry in his room is a stitch. Is that really Dressler in all that fighting? The story itself - lower-class mother who sacrifices everything to let her daughter have a good (read: upper-class) life was common in the 1930s. There are other famous examples, and they are all weepy. But Dressler's stoic performance of the woman who could not tell her daughter how much she loved her - and yet loved her more than her own life - remains as powerful today as it must have been then, though today it is usually presented as a father who can't express his love to his son.

The implied superiority of the "upper classes" is hard to take today, especially when you see how snooty these wealthy are. But that takes nothing away from Dressler's performance, which merited her Oscar even against some very tough - and very glamorous - competition.


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