Mildred Pierce: Season 1, Episode 5

Part Five (10 Apr. 2011)

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Mildred is quite proud of Veda's accomplishments as a singer but finds that her daughter refuses to take her phone calls or respond to any of her letters. She and Monty Beragon spend some ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Erwin Falcon ...
Wally Burgan (as James LeGros)
Eric Goldberg ...
Delivery Boy
Leslie Lyles ...
Mrs. Jaeckel


Mildred is quite proud of Veda's accomplishments as a singer but finds that her daughter refuses to take her phone calls or respond to any of her letters. She and Monty Beragon spend some time together and she decides to buy his old family mansion. They also decide to marry and is thrilled when Monty arranges for Veda to come to the reception and sing for them. Success has only inflated Veda's ego however. She has many offers whether it be to endorse products or sing in New York City. Mildred however suffers a serious business setback when the restaurant in Laguna Beach starts to lose money. She's also had to increase her personal expenses to cover her expenses. She learns that Wally Burgan and Ida are quite prepared to push her aside. Mildred has been spending her money on Veda and her ex-husband Bert suggests that Veda will just have to contribute more. Her world comes crashing down when she returns home unexpectedly. It's a new beginning for Mildred who ends up re-marrying an old ... Written by garykmcd

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Operatic pieces performed in the movie deviated from that of the book. Author James Cain's mother was an operatic singer and he carefully selected the pieces used in the book. The filmmakers decided to use a selection that more closely paralleled the conflict between mother and daughter. One selection is the Queen of the Night aria from Mozart's "Magic Flute". The aria features a daughter that clashes wills against her possessive mother. See more »


As Mildred and Monty are driving around looking at properties they pass by two brick houses, the second one with a Rolls-Royce coupe in the drive sitting in front of a white garage. The camera angle changes into the car and then the next camera angle is slightly pulled away but they pass by the exact same two houses with the same Rolls-Royce in the drive. See more »


Veda Pierce: Does it make a difference what she thinks? Or what she pays for?
Monty Beragon: You thought you held the strings on everybody, didn't you? You thought you could come around and dress me up and use me as bait to lure your famous daughter back to the teat!
Mildred Pierce: No.
Monty Beragon: But it was live bait, Mildred. It was live bait! And guess what? This time the quarry and the bait fell in love! No kidding! And for the first time in your life, there's nothing, you hear me, nothing you can do about it!
Veda Pierce: Darling, please. All this ...
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Rigoletto, Opera Gualtier Malde... Caro Nome
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra with Sumi Jo
Conducted by Paolo Olmi
Courtesy of Erato Disques
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & Licensing
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1.4 and 1.5 Shockingly Disappointing- Where's the Beef, Mildred? **
11 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What an uncanny version of James M. Cain's best seller. The guy must be turning over in the grave with this rendition.

Veda as an opera singer? Come on. She couldn't play the piano and suddenly she is singing away? Rachel Evan Ward was not allowed to show the viciousness that sparkled in the 1945 performance of Ann Blyth. Blyth was a tyrant,the ultimate killer. Ward is allowed to bed down Monty but that's about it. Her farewell scene with Mama Mildred, as she prepares to leave for N.Y. is comical at best. Instead of that famous shooting scene, we have Mildred jumping all over Miss Veda. I thought I was going to see a wrestling match.

Monty is so drunk here that he had nothing to do with Mildred's going bankrupt. Instead, the blame for the demise of the business is on Wally? Remember in the '45 film when Wally said to Mildred after the business collapsed: "You Married him!"

All of a sudden, in this version, Ida is made to appear as a culprit. Then she comes running at the end to apologize when Mildred remarries Burt. (Remember in the 1945 version that reconciliation is understood when the 2 walk away together after Veda is exposed for murder.)

Monty leads the cheering section for Veda's triumph at the Hollywood bowl. The Monty we knew was incapable of that.

The way this disappointing film ends, it appears that a sequel could be possible. Let's toast to that never occurring.

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