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Mildred Pierce (1945)

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)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Mildred Pierce
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

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In her heart of hearts she knew it would happen this way ! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El suplicio de una madre See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,453,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Bert takes Mildred to Wally's waterfront dive to see Veda perform "The Oceana Roll", Mildred is wearing a brooch shaped like a lobster. See more »

Goofs

After Mildred has left Wally in the beach house with the corpse of Monte, Wally discovers that the doors in the house are locked. He must break the glass in a French door to get out. People can unlock a door from the inside to get out of a house, so breaking the glass would have been unnecessary. See more »

Quotes

Wally: My client feels, and I am in complete accord with her, that she has been irrep - ih...
Mrs. Forrester's lawyer: 'Irreparably'?
Wally: ...unduly damaged. Therefore there is one more little formality that we should discuss first.
Mrs. Forrester's lawyer: What's that, Mr. Fay?
Wally: The financial settlement. You see, my client would like ten thousand dollars.
Mrs. Forrester's lawyer: I think I'm safe in observing that almost anyone would like ten thousand dollars, Mr. Fay. But ih -...
Wally: But ih - ?
Mrs. Forrester's lawyer: We see no necessity for a financial settlement of any kind.
Wally: You don't, huh?
Mrs. Forrester's lawyer: No.
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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 »

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Also shown in computer colorized version. See more »

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How Sweet You Are
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Music by Arthur Schwartz
Played when Veda and Ted are dancing
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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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