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
On the restaurant's opening night, the theater across the street is showing Mr. Skeffington (1944), another Warner Brothers film, starring Bette Davis, who had turned down the role of Mildred Pierce before Joan Crawford was cast. See more »
When Mildred and Veda are at Kay's bedside, Mildred has her right hand around Veda's shoulder. But on the next cut, Mildered's right hand is now on Veda's head and then it moves down to her shoulder. See more »
[on the opening of Mildred's restaurant]
This is just like my wedding night, so exciting!
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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 »
It Can't Be Wrong
Music by Max Steiner
Played on the phonograph and at various times in the score See more »
A Truly Great Film Noir Masterpiece
Joan Crawford, one of the world's great movie stars, truly shines in "Mildred Pierce", a tense, prickly film noir full of suspense and drama!
Joan is Mildred, a hard working pie and chicken maven who becomes a successful restuaranteur. Ann Blyth is superb as her nasty daughter Veda, who stoops to every level to get what she wants. Eve Arden and Jack Carson are unstoppable as Mildred's friends. "Mildred Pierce" was directed by the famed Michael Curtiz, best known for his work in "Casablanca". But it is my opinion that his best work is "Mildred Pierce". The lighting, the costumes, the sets, and most importantly, the writing all help this gem of a film become a true classic.
Joan won an Oscar for her breathtaking performance, but the tour de force powerhouse in "Mildred Pierce" was Ann Blyth. Black hearted Veda was the lynch pin of this movie, and Blyth's portrayal made Veda seem all too real and frightening. Nominated for an Oscar, she should have won.
Don't miss this timeless nail-biter
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