Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane.
A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.
When Mildred Pierce's out-of-work husband leaves her for another woman, Mildred decides to raise her two daughters on her own. Despite Mildred's financial successes in the restaurant business, her oldest daughter, Veda, resents her mother for degrading their social status. In the midst of a police investigation after the death of her second husband, Mildred must evaluate her own freedom and her complicated relationship with her daughter.Written by
Most of the leading actresses of the day shied away from the role of Mildred Pierce because they didn't want to play the mother of a teenage daughter. Joan Crawford had no such reservations, knowing that it would be the part of a lifetime, so she campaigned vigorously to land it. See more »
During Veda's birthday scene, 16 candles are shown on the cake when earlier on it was said that she was at least 17. See more »
You look down on me, because I work for a living. Don't you.
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The opening credits are presented with a background ocean scene that "washes" the credits on the screen. See more »
Also shown in computer colorized version. See more »
What a great movie this is even on my (I think) 4th viewing. Joan Crawford excels in the title role as does co-star Ann Blythe who normally played sickly sweet heroines. Here she is the manipulative narcissistic daughter. The tension builds throughout this movie, the script is excellent and all the minor roles are cast and played beautifully. Eve Arden is wonderful as the second banana, she is dry, droll, witty and jaded and gets this across so well and is a wonderful counterfoil to Joan's intense mothering. The ending is very satisfying and feels exactly right. Why don't they make them like this anymore. a 9 out of 10.
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