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Mildred Pierce Overview:

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

Monte: Oh, I wish I could get that interested in work.
Ida: You were probably frightened by a callus at an early age!


Ida: Personally, Veda's convinced me that alligators have the right idea. They eat their young.


Wally: There's something about the sound of my own voice that fascinates me.


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Facts about

Joan Crawford had been under contract with Warner Brothers for two years before starring in this movie. To get the role, she had to submit to a screen test after years of flops at MGM - her previous studio - and turning down several scripts at Warner Brothers.
Jack L. Warner originally wanted Vincent Sherman to direct the film but Jerry Wald held out for Michael Curtiz.
Shooting the early scenes, director Michael Curtiz accused Joan Crawford of needlessly glamorizing her working mother role. She insisted she was buying her character's clothes off the rack, but didn't mention that her own dressmaker was fitting the waists and padding out the shoulders.
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