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Millie (1931)

TV-G | | Drama, Romance | 8 February 1931 (USA)
Millie's life begins to crumble when she finds out her husband is having an affair.

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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 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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She hurled a woman's laughing scorn into the face of men, "Get all you can and treat 'em like tramps..they're all alike. (original ad) See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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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worthy of rediscovery
28 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

"Work?!? You won't have any time for opportunity!" This forgotten RKO drama has been rediscovered since Roan Group released their beautiful,spotless DVD of it. While not much more than a "B" programmer, it's still fascinating, especially in its depiction of the sexes. Mille's character, as played by Helen Twelvetrees, is a neurotic and pouty plain jane, so it's hard to imagine why these three men relentlessly go after her. Maybe because the men are neurotic losers themselves (no one in this film is a glamorous beauty by any means). We barely even get to know them, so the suffering she endures from their infidelity does not convince. Still, Twelvetrees gets points for trying. But Millie's tribulations aren't the real star of this film. While it's easy to project gay subtexts onto older films, here it's pretty indisputable that Millie's pals Helen and Angie are more than just friends. Watch Helen gussy herself up when she sees Angie across the room in the club. And their relations with men are based solely on financial gain--they clearly turn to each other for their other needs. Both Lilyan Tashman and Joan Blondell are quite funny in the roles, the former a world-wise goldigger and the latter a young, mercenary bubblehead. In their world, men are mere objects to be used with total detachment--the opposite of Millie, who allows herself to be exploited by men and then wallows in self-pity for the next 3 reels. While not quite the best of pre-Code, MILLIE is still an important footnote for early 30s movie-making, and worth a look for those (like me) who can't get enough of pre-Catholic League Hollywood.


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