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Millie (1931)
Topic Started: Jul 4 2018, 08:45 PM (106 Views)
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Millie (1931) Dir. John Francis Dillon
Produced by Charles "Buddy" Rogers
Distributed by Radio Pictures
84 min. / B&W / 1.33:1
DVD: Roan's Pre-Code Hollywood: The Risqué Years #1

Helen Twelvetrees is Millie, a nice girl who marries the wrong guy so she can move from her hick town to New York. Three years later, the guy's well to do and they have a daughter, but when Millie catches him cheating, she abandons him and leaves the baby in her mother-in-law's care. More than a dozen years of wrong boyfriends ensues but when Millie's daughter, now 16, seems to be about to make her mother's mistake, mama intervenes.

An okay movie, not really salacious, despite Millie's increasing reliance on booze and good times. I liked the supporting cast (including Anita Louise as the grown-up daughter, Joan Blondell and Frank McHugh) but the movie could've used more zip.

Million-dollar Dialog:
Millie to Hubby: "Don't you love me anymore?"
Hubby: "Of course I do, sweet, but..."
Millie: "You don't KISS like it."

Millie, working in a terminal cigarette stand, to a masher: "No, thanks, I've had dinner at home, but if I ever come to Akron I certainly will."

There are a couple of pretty good musical numbers in the film, including one called "Millie," and the print on the Roan DVD is absolutely outstanding. I'm sorry the movie is so tame, though.

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