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Mildred Pierce -- After her cheating husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful, but can't win the approval of her spoiled daughter.

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Director:
Writers:
Ranald MacDougall (screenplay)
James M. Cain (novel)
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Release Date:
20 October 1945 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
In her heart of hearts she knew it would happen this way ! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
'Please Don't Tell What Mildred Pierce Did!' See more (259 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Mildred Pierce

Jack Carson ... Wally Fay
Zachary Scott ... Monte Beragon

Eve Arden ... Ida Corwin

Ann Blyth ... Veda Pierce

Bruce Bennett ... Bert Pierce
Lee Patrick ... Mrs. Maggie Biederhof
Moroni Olsen ... Inspector Peterson
Veda Ann Borg ... Miriam Ellis
Jo Ann Marlowe ... Kay Pierce
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Alcorn ... Soldier (uncredited)
Betty Alexander ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ramsay Ames ... Party Guest (uncredited)
George Anderson ... Peterson's Assistant (uncredited)
Robert Arthur ... High School Boy (uncredited)
Lynn Baggett ... Waitress (uncredited)
Leah Baird ... Police Matron (uncredited)
Dorothy Barrett ... Dorothy (uncredited)
Barbara Brown ... Mrs. Forrester (uncredited)
Elyse Brown ... Waitress (uncredited)
Claire Carleton ... Thieving Waitress (uncredited)
Doria Caron ... Waitress (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Personnel Man (uncredited)
John Christian ... Singing Teacher (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Wally's lawyer (uncredited)
Chester Clute ... Mr. Jones (uncredited)
John Compton ... Theodore 'Ted' Ellison Forrester (uncredited)

Joyce Compton ... Waitress (uncredited)
Clancy Cooper ... Policeman (uncredited)
David Cota ... Pancho (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... Policeman (uncredited)
Robert Evans ... Sailor (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Detective (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Don Grant ... Bartender (uncredited)
Angela Greene ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Dorothy Hack ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Arthur Stuart Hull ... First Night Diner With Cane (uncredited)
Charles Jordan ... Policeman (uncredited)
Marjorie Kane ... Waitress (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Bumped First Night Diner (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ... Personnel Man (uncredited)
Manart Kippen ... Dr. Gale (uncredited)
Perk Lazelle ... Attorney's Clerk (uncredited)
Marion Lessing ... Waitress (uncredited)
Jimmy Lono ... Monte's Houseboy (uncredited)
Robert Loraine ... Man (uncredited)
Jean Lorraine ... Woman (uncredited)

Butterfly McQueen ... Lottie - Mildred's Maid (uncredited)
George Meader ... Man (uncredited)
Mary Ellen Meyran ... Woman (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Man (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Jack (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... First Night Diner (uncredited)
Jack O'Connor ... Detective (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Policeman on Pier (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Waiter (uncredited)
Helen Pender ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Larry Rio ... Reporter (uncredited)
William Ruhl ... Personnel Man (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Diner Customer (uncredited)
Mary Servoss ... Nurse (uncredited)
John Sheridan ... Clerk (uncredited)

George Tobias ... Mr. Chris (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... Mrs. Forrester's lawyer (uncredited)
Johnny Walsh ... Delivery Man (uncredited)
Joan Wardley ... Wife (uncredited)
Joan Winfield ... Piano Teacher (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
 
Writing credits
Ranald MacDougall (screenplay)

James M. Cain (novel "Mildred Pierce")

William Faulkner  contract writer (uncredited)
Margaret Gruen  contract writer (uncredited)
Albert Maltz  contract writer (uncredited)
Louise Randall Pierson  contract writer (uncredited)
Catherine Turney  contract writer (uncredited)
Margaret Buell Wilder  contract writer (uncredited)
Thames Williamson  contract writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Jerry Wald .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David Weisbart 
 
Art Direction by
Anton Grot 
Bertram Tuttle (supervising art director) (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Edwin Allen .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Geraldine Cole .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Bill Cooley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Louis Baum .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Heath .... assistant director (uncredited)
Dick Moder .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Herbert Plews .... props (uncredited)
Levi C. Williams .... assistant props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound
Gerald W. Alexander .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Robert G. Wayne .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Willard Van Enger .... special effects
Harry Barndollar .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Patrick L. Almanza .... digital restoration artist (uncredited)
Russell Collings .... special optical effects (uncredited)
Paul Detlefsen .... matte paintings (uncredited)
Mario Larrinaga .... matte paintings (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Burkett .... assistant camera operator (uncredited)
Frank Evans .... camera operator (uncredited)
Milton Gold .... still photographer (uncredited)
James Goldenhaur .... gaffer (uncredited)
William Schurr .... second camera (uncredited)
Rene Steffen .... best boy (uncredited)
S.E. Young .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Milo Anderson .... wardrobe
Clayton Brackett .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Crawford .... wardrobe consultant (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Jeanette Storck .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestral arrangements
Charles David Forrest .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Herschel Daugherty .... dialogue director
James Leicester .... montages
John Mitchell .... publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
111 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #10660) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Mildred's house on Corvallis Street in Glendale is shown as a one-story Spanish-style bungalow, however the interior has a staircase leading to the bedrooms.See more »
Quotes:
Mildred:Wally, you should be kept on a leash! Now why can't you be friendly?
Wally:But I *am* being friendly!
Mildred:No, I mean it. Friendship's much more lasting than love.
Wally:Yeah, but it isn't as entertaining.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
Please Think of MeSee more »

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73 out of 90 people found the following review useful.
'Please Don't Tell What Mildred Pierce Did!', 31 March 2004
Author: tjonasgreen from New York, N.Y.

James M Cain's novel 'Mildred Pierce' was much tougher, dirtier, violent and cynical than the gorgeously mounted movie it became, but the film still manages to maintain enough of the flavor of the book to be interesting. The portrait of working class life in Southern California works well, as does the depiction of a marriage that breaks down because of disappointment and resentment rather than anything melodramatic. Within its first hour MILDRED PIERCE captures something anxious about American life and marriages and families that is more true than most of what movies had shown up to that time, and it would prove to be even more so in the postwar world to come. The movie actually becomes more false and synthetic as it moves into Mildred's rise in life, but by then the plot and characters have taken hold.

And so has the film's increasingly bleak look at what women can expect when they live and work alone in a man's world, beset by men who want to exploit them, sexually and otherwise. This too, though softened from the book, would have seemed refreshingly frank to many of viewers at that time.

What raises the film to the level of classic is the first class work from every professional in every department. Joan Crawford is not much more expressive here than she was in her later MGM pictures, but this character suits her limited talents so well that she seems better than in almost anything else she did. All her Warners pictures used her more effectively than MGM usually managed to do, perhaps because in them she is invariably exploited, abused, maligned, even tortured. The bad behavior her Warners characters inspire in others is so extreme that she doesn't need to be. These plots do what Adrian's sometimes garish clothes did for her at MGM: they give her a personality, make her seem more interesting than she really was, and they make her sympathetic despite her essential coldness. Crawford gets able support from Ann Blyth, Eve Arden (as comedy relief; she is almost appearing in another movie entirely), Zachary Scott and especially Jack Carson, dead-on as a sweaty hustler and low rent lothario, bringing nuance to what could have been a one-note portrayal. Bruce Bennett isn't really a good actor in the role of Mildred's first husband, but he's perfectly cast -- he looks like an Okie from one of Dorothea Lange's photographs who went west to 'make it' and never did.

And as has been frequently mentioned here, Ernest Haller's cinematography (especially in the brilliant prints now being shown on cable) is consistently evocative and beautiful. So many of his shots live in the memory: in the scene where a mink wearing, gun wielding Mildred comes upon Monte and Vida kissing, the image is an almost primal one of betrayal and glamor -- the way their profiles are in darkness, the way Ann Blyth arches back against the bar, the hard, dim glitter of lame and the billows of tulle from her gown. The way Vida tumbles forward into almost blinding lamplight while Monte's face hardens behind her -- these are the kinds of wonderful images the best old films regularly delivered. Also excellent is Anton Grot's art direction, opulent but still managing to help create the particular SoCal atmosphere of this picture. And as usual, Max Steiner's score is effective, but as an earlier poster noted, he recycled a couple of motifs from his Oscar-winning score to NOW, VOYAGER. And director Michael Curtiz must be praised for keeping everything in perfect balance. This is one of the most admired '40s pictures and well worth a look.

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