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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.

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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:

Torn From Her Arms.......Child Of Love A Woman Can Give But Once. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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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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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, and continues thru the next seventeen years until 1931, yet the female members of the cast are wearing strictly 1931 fashions throughout. See more »

Quotes

Connie Maitland: It tickles my nose!
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Referenced in Consolation Marriage (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Nice to Be a Geranium
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Written by Arthur Lange
Played on piano by Robert Ames
Sung and Danced by Frank McHugh
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The Trials and Tribulations of a Red-Headed Woman
17 July 2006 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

Soap Opera following the exploits of Millie Blake (Helen Twelvetrees) and her "love parade" of heels. This film spans nearly twenty years as we watch our Millie go from jittery young girl scared to face her honeymoon bed (as her new hubby presses "Are you sleepy yet?"), to rich, bored, and lonesome wife and mother, to divorcée working the counter of a cigar stand fending off "offers" from men, to mother who will stop at nothing to help save her teenage daughter's virtue. Millie soon realizes that "all men are tramps" - and it's true, at least in her world - all the men in this film are just complete womanizing cads, and one man goes even further than that when he attempts to pursue a very innocent sixteen year old girl (who calls him "Uncle"), rubbing her ankles, ladling her with "cider", and getting her to put on one of his assortment of "Mandarin Coats".

This pre-code film has it all - from a montage of a day at Coney Island to cat fights to divorce to bootleg cocktail parties to two blondes in negligees sharing a double bed all the way to the schemes of a lecher. It is really fun to watch the scenes with Millie's two blonde gal pals, childhood friend Angie and her bed friend Helen, a feisty, tough, wisecracking sort of gal - these two women run through men, booze, and outlandish fur, satin, and chiffon gowns like water. There is a nice musical number in one nightclub scene, a rendition of "Millie, the Red Head". This film actually becomes quite serious in later scenes, bringing it to a satisfying climax. Very good.


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