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Millie (1931)

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Millie Blake has a love affair that goes wrong, so Millie plays the field recklessly from that point on. When she finds out that one of the reckless players from her past has now cast his ... See full summary »

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James Hall ...
Jack Maitland
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Jimmy Damier
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Angie Wickerstaff
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Connie Maitland
Edmund Breese ...
Defense Attorney
Frank McHugh ...
John Holmes
Charlotte Walker ...
Mrs. Maitland
Franklin Parker ...
Spring
Charles Delaney ...
Mike
Harry Stubbs ...
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Storyline

Millie Blake has a love affair that goes wrong, so Millie plays the field recklessly from that point on. When she finds out that one of the reckless players from her past has now cast his spell on her daughter, she takes matters into her own hands and finds herself in a courtroom trying to find a better defense plea than mother-love and honor-protection. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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MAN PAYS A PRICE...WOMAN PAYS A PENALTY! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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8 February 1931 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Equipment)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Charles R. Rogers produced this as an independent film, but sold the distribution rights to RKO after he was made chief executive of RKO-Pathé in January 1931. See more »

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The beginning of the film is supposed to be set around 1914 yet the cast are wearing early-1930s fashion See more »

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Connie Maitland: It tickles my nose!
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Referenced in Consolation Marriage (1931) See more »

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Millie
(1931) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Played by a band at a nightclub and sung by an unidentified trio
Reprised as dance music and as background music often
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The Trials and Tribulations of a Red-Headed Woman
17 July 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Soap Opera following the exploits of Millie Blake (Helen Twelvetrees) and her "love parade" of heels. This film spans nearly twenty years as we watch our Millie go from jittery young girl scared to face her honeymoon bed (as her new hubby presses "Are you sleepy yet?"), to rich, bored, and lonesome wife and mother, to divorcée working the counter of a cigar stand fending off "offers" from men, to mother who will stop at nothing to help save her teenage daughter's virtue. Millie soon realizes that "all men are tramps" - and it's true, at least in her world - all the men in this film are just complete womanizing cads, and one man goes even further than that when he attempts to pursue a very innocent sixteen year old girl (who calls him "Uncle"), rubbing her ankles, ladling her with "cider", and getting her to put on one of his assortment of "Mandarin Coats".

This pre-code film has it all - from a montage of a day at Coney Island to cat fights to divorce to bootleg cocktail parties to two blondes in negligees sharing a double bed all the way to the schemes of a lecher. It is really fun to watch the scenes with Millie's two blonde gal pals, childhood friend Angie and her bed friend Helen, a feisty, tough, wisecracking sort of gal - these two women run through men, booze, and outlandish fur, satin, and chiffon gowns like water. There is a nice musical number in one nightclub scene, a rendition of "Millie, the Red Head". This film actually becomes quite serious in later scenes, bringing it to a satisfying climax. Very good.


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