Mildred Pierce (1945) Poster


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Version of 

Lux Video Theatre: Mildred Pierce (1956) (TV Episode)
Based on the same novel.
Mildred Pierce (2011) (TV Mini-Series)
Based on the same novel.


Now, Voyager (1942)
Bette Davis-Paul Henreid leitmotif used in Mildred Pierce

Referenced in 

Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Joan Crawford (1962) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as part of Joan Crawford's filmography.
The Lucy Show: Lucy and the Lost Star (1968) (TV Episode)
Vivian mentions the film.
Sanford and Son: The Way to Lamont's Heart (1974) (TV Episode)
Grady gives an extended plot summary of this film, which he believes parallels their situation with Judy.
Female Trouble (1974)
several references
The Rockford Files: To Protect and Serve: Part 1 (1977) (TV Episode)
Peggy tells Jim that this movie is one of Dennis' favorites.
Outrageous! (1977)
Robin mentions the movie and Joan Crawford in it by name.
M*A*S*H: Too Many Cooks (1979) (TV Episode)
After Margaret reads the letter from Col. Potter's wife, Hawkeye says that he'll marry her if the colonel doesn't, and then B.J. notes, "Then she'd be 'Mildred Pierce.'"
Mommie Dearest (1981)
Joan Crawford auditions for the title role, for which she later wins the Best Actress Oscar.
Blade Runner (1982)
Rachael's costumes are all almost identical copies of Mildred Pierce's.
Designing Women: My Daughter, Myself (1990) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Human Duplicators (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Any relation to Mildred Pierce?"
Designing Women: Nude Julia, New York Morning (1993) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name.
The Neon Bible (1995)
David takes a date to the movies and you can hear some dialogue including the famous line about alligators eating their young.
Titanic (1997)
the scene in which Jack tells Rose that if she jumps into the water, he'll have to jump after her and get sick is an almost exact copy of the first scene in Mildred Pierce.
Goodbye Lover (1998)
'White Christmas': A Look Back with Rosemary Clooney (2000) (Video)
Referenced by name
Die, Mommie, Die! (2003)
the character of Barbara Arden is based on Mildred Pierce, and how Edith steals her mother's lover
Will & Grace: Queens for a Day: Part 2 (2004) (TV Episode)
"Wildred Pierce"
The Damned Don't Cry: The Crawford Formula - Real and Reel (2005) (Video)
Boze Hadleigh: "Jerry Wald was the producer who got Joan Crawford into 'Mildred Pierce.'"
V for Vendetta (2005)
movie poster at V's home
Gilmore Girls: Friday Night's Alright for Fighting (2006) (TV Episode)
Lorelai says Rory "Mildred Pierced" her by being ashamed of her.
Brush with Life: The Art of Being Edward Biberman (2007)
Edward painting of Joan Crawford was featured in Life Magazine
American Masters: Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character (2007) (TV Episode)
Carol Burnett mentions the movie by name.
RuPaul's Drag Race: The Snatch Game (2011) (TV Episode)
RuPaul tells Mariah that her impression of Joan Crawford was "not Mildred Fierce".
L.A. Noire (2011) (Video Game)
One of the 50 gold film reels you can find.
Pretty Little Liars: Stolen Kisses (2012) (TV Episode)
Poster visible in the theater.
The Good Wife: Tying the Knot (2014) (TV Episode)
title is referenced
The Cinema Snob: Mommie Dearest (2014) (TV Episode)
one of Joan Crawford's films
American Horror Story: Test of Strength (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014)
mentioned by Berlyn.
Mad Men: Severance (2015) (TV Episode)
Roger calls a waitress at a diner Mildred Pierce.
Feud: Pilot (2017) (TV Episode)
The movie is mentioned by name.
Feud: The Other Woman (2017) (TV Episode)
A scene of the movie is shown with Jessica Lange as the Joan Crawford character.
Hollywood Mouth 3 (2017)
Bar in restaurant is mentioned.

Featured in 

The 40th Annual Academy Awards (1968) (TV Special)
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
Siskel & Ebert: Hail, Hail, Black and White (1989) (TV Episode)
Clip shown to demonstrate the benefits of filming in black and white
Visions of Light (1992)
Footage of this movie is shown.
Goodbye Lover (1998)
The Best of Film Noir (1999) (Video)
Clips shown.
My Life Without Me (2003)
Debby Harry's character watches it on TV, also recounts the plot to the girls.
Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
footage appears throughout
K Street: Week 4 (2003) (TV Episode)
Bergstrom watches the movie.
K Street: Week 9 (2003) (TV Episode)
Bergstrom watches the movie.
K Street: Week 10 (2003) (TV Episode)
Bergstrom watches the movie.
Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) (TV Movie)
Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? (2006)
clip of Joan Crawford/stillframe from movie
Arena: Screen Goddesses (2012) (TV Episode)
Clips shown to illustrate points

Spoofed in 

The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #10.9 (1976) (TV Episode)
Parodied as "Mildred Fierce".
Sisters: The Four Elements (1992) (TV Episode)
Alex falls asleep watching Mildred Pierce. In a black and white fantasy sequence Swoosie Kurtz plays Mildred, Ashley Judd plays Veda and David Gianopoulos plays Monte.
On Edge (2001)
The mother runs the daughters life and are named Mildred and Veda in both movies. The mother runs a pie shop in both movies and the mother dresses like Joan Crawford in "Mildred Pierce."

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