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Min and Bill (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 29 November 1930 (USA)
Min, the owner of a dockside hotel, is forced to make difficult decisions about the future of Nancy, the young woman she took in as an infant.

Director:

George W. Hill (as George Hill)

Writers:

Lorna Moon (suggested from the book: "Dark Star" by), Frances Marion (scenario and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marie Dressler ... Min
Wallace Beery ... Bill
Dorothy Jordan ... Nancy
Marjorie Rambeau ... Bella
Don Dillaway ... Dick (as Donald Dillaway)
DeWitt Jennings ... Groot
Russell Hopton ... Alec
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Mr. Southard (as Frank McGlynn)
Gretta Gould Gretta Gould ... Mrs. Southard
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Storyline

Min owns the waterfront hotel where Bill, the captain of a fishing boat, lives. Also living and working in the hotel is Nancy, whom Min took in some years ago as an abandoned girl. Now that Nancy is older, the truant officer and the police think that she should be moved to a different environment, and Min is torn between her attachment to Nancy and her concern that the waterfront may not be the best place for a young woman. Matters are brought to a head by the sudden re-appearance of Belle, Nancy's disreputable mother. Written by Snow Leopard

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Derelict See more »

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Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (copyright time)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Marie Dressler's Best Actress Oscar win was this film's only Oscar nomination. See more »

Quotes

Bella: Ah c'mon, Bill, c'mon, show us the bottom of the bottle.
Bill: Gee, you're just like a sieve, aint ya?
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Ragging the Waves
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Music by Joe Rosey
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Marie Dressler & Wallace Beery At Their Rambunctious Best
12 June 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

An old harridan, owner of a dockside dive, while fighting fiercely for the happiness of a young girl she's raised since an infant, still is caused constant problems by her boyfriend, the boozing captain of a fishing boat. But through violence & heartbreak, nothing can shake the true affection MIN AND BILL have for each other.

Marie Dressler was a phenomenon, almost a force of nature. Described once as having a face like the back of a bus, she nonetheless was Hollywood's greatest star the last three years of her life. She earned that position by her innate goodness, a quality that moviegoers could sense in all her roles. Here she gives her Best Actress Oscar winning performance and she is wonderful.

Equally memorable is Wallace Beery. Once characterized as having a body like an overstuffed laundry bag, he had the part of the lovable rogue perfected & patented. Very popular with the fans, with Dressler he created one of the legendary screen couplings.

The rest of the cast is really there to support the two stars, but Marjorie Rambeau does stand-out as a slattern who knows too many of Min's secrets.

A good representative of its era, this early talkie is sparked by the chemistry between Dressler & Beery. Some of the staging may be a bit stiff, but Miss D. & Mr. B. always fascinate. Location filming in an actual harbor also helps the movie considerably.


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