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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Pierce
Evan Thompson ...
Man with a Cap
Brenda Wehle ...
Mrs. Turner
Murphy Guyer ...
Diane Kagan ...
Mrs. Pierce
Wally Burgan (as James LeGros)
Kenneth Jennings ...
Small Man (as Ken Jennings)
Robb Webb ...
Radio Announcer (voice)
Todd Aubrey Davis ...
Mrs. Forrester (credit only)


Mildred brings a sample of her pies into the diner and they're a big hit with the customers. Soon she gets an order for 35 pies a week and the orders start to pile up from other restaurants as well. Veda discovers her waitress uniforms and Mildred is forced to admit what she does for a living. The selfish Veda thinks it's all so degrading. Mildred tells her she plans on opening a restaurant of her own and eventually asks Wally to develop an estimate of what it would cost to set herself up, but he has another idea for her. With a divorce from husband Bert she's able to buy and convert a house into a restaurant. On her last day at the diner, she leaves early to spend time at the beach with one of the customers, Monty Beragon. She returns home the next day to learn that her youngest daughter is seriously ill in hospital. Written by garykmcd

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27 March 2011 (USA)  »

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Just after Monty and Mildred leave her house in the car for the first time they pull up to an intersection that has a diamond shaped stop sign with white letters on a red background. However, the octagonal shaped sign was adopted in 1922 (almost a decade before the film is set) by the American Association of State Highway Officials and used thereafter for "STOP" signs, in part so that drivers could recognize that it was a stop sign from behind and prevent confusion with other traffic signs, and from 1924 through 1954 were composed of black letters on a yellow background. It was changed in 1954 to the present white on red background to reflect the "red equals stop" of street lights. See more »


Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish
Performed by Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks
Produced by Stewart Lerman
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Mildred Pierce:Episodes 1&2 Far From Fierce **1/2
28 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The only thing this version of the 1945 classic has going for it is the

showing of the depression as a backdrop to what is going on in the film.

As for Kate Winslet, she appears to be uncomfortable in the part. Missing is the vitality of Joan Crawford. There are times where she doesn't even appear to be a woman whose husband has left her, or is even coping with the depression. Let's face it, Winslet is too young for the part. She doesn't appear to be a depression-like lady.

There are excellent costumes by designer Ann Roth, but Winslet doesn't even appear comfortable in them. It is probably because she wasn't made for the role of Mildred.

The guy who plays Wallie Fay, the old Jack Carson part, comes across as a pot belly smoker. He lacks the quick wit and charm that Carson possessed in the role. Even Mildred's husband totally lacks the character that Bruce Bennett brought to the role. Bennett was a sympathetic character; this guy you can quickly get to dislike.

The new Veda appears to be not only a brat, but a disturbed one at that.

Everything seems to be drawn out in this telling of James Cain's book. All of a sudden Kay has now become Ray?

Hopefully, the other parts will vastly improve.

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