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Mildred Pierce (1945) was a Drama - Film Noir Film directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Jack L. Warner and Jerry Wald.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by James M. Cain published in 1941.

Mildred Pierce was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1996.

Academy Awards 1945 --- Ceremony Number 18 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressJoan CrawfordWon
Best Supporting ActressEve ArdenNominated
Best Supporting ActressAnn BlythNominated
Best CinematographyErnest HallerNominated
Best PictureWarner Bros.Nominated
Best WritingRanald MacDougallNominated
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Wally Fay in Mildred Pierce

By Amanda Garrett on Jun 25, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm writing about my cinematic soft spot for the character of Wally Fay in the classic film noir Mildred Pierce (1945). In the production still above, Wally, played by Jack Carson, straps on an apron to help Mildred (Joan Crawford) and Lottie (Butterfly McQueen) in the kitchen. This articl... Read full article


Film Noir of the Week: Mildred Pierce

By Amanda Garrett on Jun 11, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

If you like film noir with a side of chicken and waffles, you're in for a treat. TCM will air Mildred Pierce (1945) starring Joan Crawford at 3 p.m. June 12 as part of its film noir festival, Summer of Darkness. I'll outline the noir elements of this classic film below. Mildred Pierce (1945) ha... Read full article


Mildred Pierce (1945) – Updated

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 21, 2015 From 4 Star Films

Before any gun was fired or a dead body was found at a beach house or any of that happened, Mildred was a stay at home housewife with two daughters and a husband. It becomes all too clear that all is not right in the Pierce household as Bert becomes annoyed with Mildred, who spends so much time doti... Read full article


Review: Mildred Pierce (1945)

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 21, 2015 From 4 Star Films

Before any gun was fired or a dead body was found at a beach house or any of that happened, Mildred was a stay at home housewife with two daughters and a husband. It becomes all too clear that all is not right in the Pierce household as Bert becomes annoyed with Mildred, who spends so much time doti... Read full article


Review: Mildred Pierce (1945)

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 21, 2015 From 4 Star Films

Before any gun was fired or a dead body was found at a beach house or any of that happened, Mildred was a stay at home housewife with two daughters and a husband. It becomes all too clear that all is not right in the Pierce household as Bert becomes annoyed with Mildred, who spends so much time doti... Read full article


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Quotes from

Veda: [kissing check] Well, that's that!
Mildred: I'm sorry this had to happen; sorry for the boy, he seemed very nice.
Veda: Oh Ted's all right really. Did you see the look on his face when we told him he was going to be a father?
[laughs]
Mildred: I wish you wouldn't joke about it.
Veda: Mother, you're a scream, really you are. The next thing I know you'll be knitting little garments.
Mildred: I don't see anything so ridiculous about that.
Veda: If I were you, I'd save myself the trouble.


Veda: With this money I can get away from you. From you and your chickens and your pies and your kitchens and everything that smells of grease. I can get away from this shack with its cheap furniture. And this town and its dollar days, and its women that wear uniforms and its men that wear overalls.


Ida: Oh, men. I never yet met one of them that didn't have the instincts of a heel. Sometimes I wish I could get along without them.


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Facts about

Eight different screenplays from a succession of writers were written before Ranald MacDougall's version was accepted.
William Faulkner contributed to the script, but his additions were not used. He wrote a scene that had Butterfly McQueen consoling Joan Crawford while singing a gospel song.
Mirroring her own life, Joan Crawford had also supported herself as a waitress and saleswoman before she achieved success as an actress.
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