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Mildred Pierce -- Joan Crawford won the Best Actress Oscar® for her role as a divorcee who will do anything for her spoiled daughter in this classic, gripping melodrama, nominated for six Academy Awards®.
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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Ranald MacDougall (screenplay)
James M. Cain (novel)
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Release Date:
20 October 1945 (USA) See more »
In her heart of hearts she knew it would happen this way ! See more »
A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Joan Crawford's Signature Role See more (305 total) »


  (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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111 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | 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?

Ann Blyth remembered Joan Crawford as "the kindest, most helpful human being I've ever worked with. We remained friends for many years after the film. I never knew that other Joan Crawford that people wrote about."See more »
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 »
Ida:[to leering customer Wally] Leave something on me - I might catch cold.See more »
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29 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Joan Crawford's Signature Role, 2 October 2007
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

With those broad shoulders, those wall-to-wall eyebrows, that steely look on her face, and wrapped in those expensive clothes, the inimitable Joan Crawford exudes glamour and resolve as famed Mildred Pierce, housewife turned businesswoman, in this Michael Curtiz-directed film, part mystery, part melodrama.

The film's story, told in flashbacks, begins with mystery, and it is helped along by terrific B&W lighting. Most of the rest of the story is sheer melodrama, with talky dialogue that erupts from confrontations between various characters. The most important confrontations occur between Mildred and her ungrateful, scheming daughter Veda, who requires tons of money to be happy. As the story moves along, Mildred buys and successfully operates a restaurant, but it's not enough to win approval from her odious daughter. Mildred's love for Veda is deep. But Mildred, we learn, is also a take-charge woman who won't take any guff from anyone, at least from caddy suitors or prospective in-laws.

It's a great story. And in addition to the topnotch cinematography, the film has great production design, costumes, and editing. We're also treated to some pleasantly nostalgic music from the 1940s. Crawford gets good support performances from Ann Blyth, Eve Arden, and Jack Carson. I also liked Butterfly McQueen, the little lady with the high-pitched voice who plays Mildred's maid.

I suspect this film would have been worthy of praise, even with someone else playing the title character; the film is that good. But no other actress would have had the stage presence of the impressive Joan Crawford. It's mostly because of her that "Mildred Pierce" will be remembered and loved, for generations to come. It's also partly because of "Mildred Pierce" that Joan Crawford will be admired as a Hollywood legend, for generations to come.

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