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Millie (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 8 February 1931 (USA)
Millie's life begins to crumble when she finds out her husband is having an affair.

Writers:

Donald Henderson Clarke (from the novel by), Charles Kenyon (adaptation) (as Chas. Kenyon) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Helen Twelvetrees ... Millie Blake Maitland
Lilyan Tashman ... Helen Riley
Robert Ames ... Tommy Rock
James Hall ... Jack Maitland
John Halliday ... Jimmy Damier
Joan Blondell ... Angie Wickerstaff
Anita Louise ... Connie Maitland
Edmund Breese ... Defense Attorney
Frank McHugh ... John Holmes
Charlotte Walker ... Mrs. Maitland
Franklin Parker Franklin Parker ... Spring
Charles Delaney ... Mike
Harry Stubbs Harry Stubbs ... Mark
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Storyline

Millie Blake has a love affair that goes wrong, so Millie plays the field recklessly from that point on. When she finds out that one of the reckless players from her past has now cast his spell on her daughter, she takes matters into her own hands and finds herself in a courtroom trying to find a better defense plea than mother-love and honor-protection. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

"One rule for both sides" was the battle cry of this human tempest as she leaped the hurdles of convention...determined to make all men pay for one man's betrayal. (original ad) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1931 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Equipment)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Charles R. Rogers produced this as an independent film, but sold the distribution rights to RKO after he was made chief executive of RKO-Pathé in January 1931. See more »

Goofs

The beginning of the film is supposed to be set around 1914 yet the cast are wearing early-1930s fashion See more »

Quotes

Connie Maitland: It tickles my nose!
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Connections

Referenced in Consolation Marriage (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Nice to Be a Geranium
(uncredited)
Written by Arthur Lange
Played on piano by Robert Ames
Sung and Danced by Frank McHugh
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Creaky plot
18 August 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

This creaky antique reworking of Madame X is of interest mainly for its pre-code ingredients, blatant lesbianism, unpunished sex outside marriage etc., than any real value as a film. A lot of the film techniques are reminiscent of silents showing the growing pains of films continued into the early thirties. Part of the problem with the film is that all the men talk about how the heroine gets under a man's skin and they can't get over her but Helen Twelvetrees exudes none of the magnetism that makes that believable. The supporting players add more to the picture than the leads with Lilyan Tashman having the most fun as a party girl with Joan Blondell and Frank McHugh both starting out but already stealing scenes with their patented personas firmly in place. Except for the three of them the acting is extremely florid, especially towards the end. An almost unrecognizable Anita Louise, still beautiful but so young, is cast as Millie's daughter.


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