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Min and Bill (1930)

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Derelict See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (copyright time)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This film had its first television showing in Los Angeles Monday 17 December 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Seattle 14 January 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by Omaha 16 January 1957 on WOW (Channel 6), by Chicago 25 January 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by New York City 30 January 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2) and by both Philadelphia and Minneapolis 5 February 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) and KMGM (Channel 9), by Phoenix 8 February 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), by Portland OR 15 February 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), and by Altoona PA 3 March 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10); in San Francisco it first aired 17 September 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Quotes

Bella: [to Min] And you know me, Min. When I call a spade a spade, nobody forgets.
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Connections

Alternate-language version of La fruta amarga (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

The Oceana Roll
(1911) (uncredited)
Music by Lucien Denni
Portion played during the opening credits
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Marie Rocks
21 February 2013 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

The dialogue is not as modern as my summary, as "Min And Bill" is shot through with the vernacular of the 20's. Love it when people say, for instance, "So's your old man", or "Aw,jeepers ....". It's almost like a lost language, one that you only hear in old movies. Problem is that often accompanying old expressions is that the plots of the movies are often threadbare with age, and that's what happens here. This one is the one about the guardian who raises a baby from infancy, and doesn't want to part with it when hemmed in by circumstances. It's been done many times since.

But this one stars Marie Dressler, which sets it apart. Here she is a rumpled old 'wharf rat' who runs a waterfront hotel/flophouse saddled with a barnacle/fisherman (Wallace Beery) who has attached himself to her. She is raising a teen-age girl who was dropped at her doorstep as a baby, and here is where the story becomes familiar.

Marie Dressler died too soon. She was, for a short time, a national treasure - even though she was Canadian. She starred in too few pictures but won an Oscar for this one. In all her movies, she was pitch perfect, with a little staginess - but she was a stage actress before Hollywood called.

Sad to say, there will never be another like her, but "Min And Bill" is a good example of her thoroughly entertaining on-screen persona. She was good in "Anna Christie" and, especially, in "Dinner At Eight", in which she achieves immortality with the knock-out punch last line in the picture.


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