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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

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


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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lottie: [on the opening of Mildred's restaurant] This is just like my wedding night, so exciting!
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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 »


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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A Truly Great Film Noir Masterpiece
18 August 2002 | by Shelly_Servo3000See all my reviews

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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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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