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Mildred Pierce ()


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A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations.
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Mildred Pierce
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Wally Fay
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Monte Beragon
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Ida Corwin
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Veda Pierce
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Bert Pierce
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Mrs. Maggie Biederhof
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Inspector Peterson
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Miriam Ellis
Jo Ann Marlowe ...
Kay Pierce
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Bill Alcorn ...
Soldier (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
George Anderson ...
Peterson's Assistant (uncredited)
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Diner Customer (uncredited)
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High School Boy (uncredited)
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Waitress (uncredited)
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Police Matron (uncredited)
Dorothy Barrett ...
Dorothy (uncredited)
Barbara Brown ...
Mrs. Forrester (uncredited)
Elyse Brown ...
Waitress (uncredited)
Doria Caron ...
Waitress (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ...
Personnel Man (uncredited)
John Christian ...
Singing Teacher (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ...
Wally's lawyer (uncredited)
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Mr. Jones (uncredited)
John Compton ...
Theodore 'Ted' Ellison Forrester (uncredited)
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Waitress (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
David Cota ...
Pancho (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Robert Evans ...
Sailor (uncredited)
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Detective (uncredited)
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Don Grant ...
Bartender (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Dorothy Hack ...
Little Girl (uncredited)
Charles Jordan ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Marjorie Kane ...
Waitress (uncredited)
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Bumped First Night Diner (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ...
Personnel Man (uncredited)
Manart Kippen ...
Dr. Gale (uncredited)
Perk Lazelle ...
Attorney's Clerk (uncredited)
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Waitress (uncredited)
Jimmy Lono ...
Monte's Houseboy (uncredited)
Jean Lorraine ...
Woman (uncredited)
Robert Locke Lorraine ...
Man (uncredited)
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Police Detective (uncredited)
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Lottie - Mildred's Maid (uncredited)
George Meader ...
Man (uncredited)
Mary Ellen Meyran ...
Woman (uncredited)
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Man (uncredited)
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Jack - Mailman (uncredited)
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First Night Diner (uncredited)
Jack O'Connor ...
Detective (uncredited)
Garry Owen ...
Policeman on Pier (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
Helen Pender ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Larry Rio ...
Reporter (uncredited)
William Ruhl ...
Personnel Man (uncredited)
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Diner Customer (uncredited)
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Nurse (uncredited)
John Sheridan ...
Clerk (uncredited)
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Mr. Chris (uncredited)
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Mrs. Forrester's lawyer (uncredited)
Johnny Walsh ...
Delivery Man (uncredited)
Joan Wardley ...
Wife (uncredited)
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Piano Teacher (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michael Curtiz

Written by

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Ranald MacDougall ... (screenplay)
 
James M. Cain ... (novel "Mildred Pierce")
 
William Faulkner ... (contract writer) (uncredited)
 
Margaret Gruen ... (contract writer) (uncredited)
 
Albert Maltz ... (contract writer) (uncredited)
 
Louise Randall Pierson ... (contract writer) (uncredited)
 
Catherine Turney ... (contract writer) (uncredited)
 
Margaret Buell Wilder ... (contract writer) (uncredited)
 
Thames Williamson ... (contract writer) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Jerry Wald ... producer
Jack L. Warner ... executive producer

Music by

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Max Steiner

Cinematography by

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Ernest Haller ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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David Weisbart

Art Direction by

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Anton Grot
Bertram Tuttle ... supervising art director (uncredited)

Set Decoration by

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George James Hopkins

Makeup Department

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Perc Westmore ... makeup artist
Edwin Allen ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Geraldine Cole ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Bill Cooley ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Louis Baum ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Frank Heath ... assistant director (uncredited)
Dick Moder ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Herbert Plews ... props (uncredited)
Levi C. Williams ... assistant props (uncredited)
Tyrus Wong ... art department (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Oliver S. Garretson ... sound
Gerald W. Alexander ... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Robert G. Wayne ... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Willard Van Enger ... special effects
Harry Barndollar ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Patrick L. Almanza ... digital restoration artist (uncredited)
Russell Collings ... special optical effects (uncredited)
Paul Detlefsen ... matte paintings (uncredited)
Mario Larrinaga ... matte paintings (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Frank Burkett ... assistant camera operator (uncredited)
Frank Evans ... camera operator (uncredited)
Milton Gold ... still photographer (uncredited)
James Goldenhaur ... gaffer (uncredited)
William Schurr ... second camera (uncredited)
Rene Steffen ... best boy (uncredited)
S.E. Young ... grip (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Milo Anderson ... wardrobe
Clayton Brackett ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Crawford ... wardrobe consultant (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Jeanette Storck ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Leo F. Forbstein ... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer ... orchestral arrangements
Charles David Forrest ... music mixer (uncredited)

Other crew

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Herschel Daugherty ... dialogue director
James Leicester ... montages
John Mitchell ... publicist (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines In her heart of hearts she knew it would happen this way ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le roman de Mildred Pierce (France)
  • Solange ein Herz schlägt (Germany)
  • Alma en suplicio (Spain)
  • Alma em Suplício (Brazil)
  • Милдред Пиърс (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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Runtime
  • 111 min
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Budget $1,453,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Michael Curtiz was initially less than keen at working with "has-been" star Joan Crawford as she had a reputation for being difficult. Curtiz was soon won over by Crawford's dedication and hard work. See more »
Goofs Mildred's house on Corvallis Street in Glendale is shown as a one-story Spanish-style bungalow, however the interior has a staircase leading to the bedrooms. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 40th Annual Academy Awards (1968). See more »
Soundtracks You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby See more »
Crazy Credits The opening credits are presented with a background ocean scene that "washes" the credits on the screen. See more »
Quotes Ida: Personally, Veda's convinced me that alligators have the right idea. They eat their young.
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