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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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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:
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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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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(222 articles)
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Crawford's tour-de-force is a real stunner. See more (332 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) | 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

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Trivia:
The U.S. Navy granted permission to film in Malibu despite wartime restrictions, but asked to be allowed to view all footage shot there.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In the opening scene where Mildred drives up to Monte Beragon's beach house, the top of one of the crew's head can be seen on the passenger's side. When he realizes that they've started shooting, he quickly ducks down.See more »
Quotes:
Ida:Laughing boy seems slightly burned at the edges. What's eating him?
Mildred:A small green-eyed monster.
Ida:Jealous? That doesn't sound like Wally. No profit in it - and there's a boy who loves a dollar.
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Soundtrack:
It Can't Be WrongSee more »

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56 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
Crawford's tour-de-force is a real stunner., 17 October 1999
Author: boy-13 (afsfboy22@aol.com) from San Francisco, California

Joan Crawford's tour-de-force as a self-sacrificing mother is a real stunner. Directed by Michael Curtiz, and based on James M.Cain's steamy novel, "Mildred Pierce" is a slick stylish sudser that ranks among the best.

After a decade-long streak at MGM, Crawford, made her way over to Warner Bros. It was a brilliant move as Crawford won an Oscar (as Mildred) and ended up back on top.

As the title character, Crawford brings a sense of steely determination and guts. As a devoted housewife, Mildred puts the needs of her family first. So when her husband (Bruce Bennett) begins a sleazy affair with a woman down the street, Mildred kicks him out and starts life anew. Nothing - not even one daughter's death and another daughter's selfishness - stops Mildred from working her way to the top. She goes from waitress in a greasy diner to the wealthy owner of a successful restaurant chain. But despite her achievements, Mildred must contend with a slimy lover (Zachary Scott) and her increasingly vile and spoiled daughter, Veda (Ann Blyth). All the drama comes to a rousing climax, which culminates in a physical altercation between brat and mom.

Crawford's gut-wrenchingly sympathetic performance draws you in, and the sparks that she and the wonderful Blyth create are unforgettable. Also, a playful Eve Arden as Mildred's pal, spouts off some terrific dialogue.

"Mildred Pierce" is an exceptional piece of work that uses some of the finest elements of classic cinema. The story moves along at a sleek pace, and thanks to the writers, "Mildred" never sinks in the froth of its own soapiness. A powerful, emotional cinematic experience.

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