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Mildred Pierce (1945)

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After her cheating husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful, but cannot seem to win the approval of her spoiled daughter.

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Mildred Pierce dotes on her daughters while husband Bert looks to Maggie Binderhof for affection. They separate leaving Mildred to raise the girls on her own. Elder daughter Veda goads her mother about their lack of money and in response Mildred proposes opening a small restaurant. Realtor Wally Fay advises her while making numerous rebuffed passes and introduces her to Monte Baragon whose property becomes the first of a chain of restaurants. Mildred has an affair with Monte. Meanwhile, money-hungry Veda pretends to be pregnant by wealthy Ted Forrester in order to bilk his family of $10,000. Mildred tears up the check, is slapped by Veda, and orders her daughter to leave. After time away, Mildred returns to find Veda singing in a cheap club. Veda will return only if Mildred promises luxury, so Mildred agrees to marry Monte in exchange for a third of her businesses. It soon becomes clear that something is going on between Veda and Monte. Mildred learns of this only after Monte has sold... Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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20 October 1945 (USA)  »

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Alma em Suplício  »

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$1,453,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

According to Ann Blythe, Joan Crawford instructed her to actually slap her in the staircase scene. See more »

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When Monty is pouring Mildred a drink, he asks her to say "when" for when she wants him to stop pouring, but then gives her the drink he poured for himself. See more »

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Mr. Jones: Why do you always interrupt?
Ida: It's only because I want to be alone with you. Come 'ere and let me bite you, you darling man! Ruff!
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The opening credits are presented with a background ocean scene that "washes" the credits on the screen. See more »

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Music by Arthur Schwartz
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I love this movie. Joan Crawford gives a stunning performance as Mildred, and I have never seen anyone with those eyes! I saw this with my mum on video when I was young, and I thought Joan was the most beautiful woman in the world! Color film could never give her such transcendent perfection. Butterfly McQueen, the maid Lottie, stole my heart as well; her sweet yet practical manner makes her an unforgettable asset to this film. You can't help but love her. Veda is a perfect nasty, her frozen beauty matching her frozen heart. I always thought that the penniless playboy looked like one of Tex Avery's Wolves! Watch "Red Hot Riding Hood" to see what I mean! It's a crying shame this movie only got one measly award. Even if you don't like Noir or older films, this one you can make an exception for. The sight of Joan in that incredible fur hat with THOSE EYES makes this more than just another movie.


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