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Mildred Pierce (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 20 October 1945 (USA)
A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Ranald MacDougall (screenplay), James M. Cain (novel)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Mildred Pierce Beragon
Jack Carson ... Wally Fay
Zachary Scott ... Monte Beragon
Eve Arden ... Ida Corwin
Ann Blyth ... Veda Pierce
Bruce Bennett ... Bert Pierce
Lee Patrick ... Mrs. Maggie Biederhof
Moroni Olsen ... Inspector Peterson
Veda Ann Borg ... Miriam Ellis
Jo Ann Marlowe Jo Ann Marlowe ... Kay Pierce
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Storyline

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 Jwelch5742

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

(gunshots)... Mildred! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Due to script problems, some of the film was improvised by the actors together with Michael Curtiz. See more »

Goofs

When Monte is pouring Mildred a drink, he asks her to say "when" for when she wants him to stop pouring, but then gives her the drink he poured for himself. (Though it should be recognized that each glass contained about the same amount.) See more »

Quotes

Ida: When men get around me, they get allergic to wedding rings.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are presented with a background ocean scene that "washes" the credits on the screen. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also shown in computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Andrew Klavan Show: The Hefner Legacy (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

It Can't Be Wrong
(uncredited)
Music by Max Steiner
Played on the phonograph and at various times in the score
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The first time...
21 April 2006 | by texasltxSee all my reviews

I saw this film on a college campus in an auditorium built in the 1930's. It was over twenty years ago, yet I can still feel the emotion and experience of seeing a Joan Crawford movie for the first time. This film was, and still is, one of the best on many levels. The film noir connection is evident. The supporting players, Jack Carson, Eve Arden, and Ann Blyth, among others, were perfect. Joan's portrayal of the mother who had to work in a restaurant was real. Blyth was the ultimate bitchy daughter and deserved the Oscar as supporting actress.I learned later of Crawfords huge comeback with this film, and not knowing her successes previously, it made perfect sense. She really had it. It's a shame that Faye Dunaway couldn't project this part of Crawford's life and career.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mildred Pierce See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,453,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,128
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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