Mildred Pierce

Language and/or Subtitles: English
Format: DVD 2003
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 7 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Audio/Visual DVD MILDRED Pierce
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
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Call Number  DVD MILDRED Pierce
CLP - Main Library Second Floor Film & Audio - Feature Film DVD DVD Mildred
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Collection  Second Floor Film & Audio - Feature Film DVD
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Audiovisual SVD-2567
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Monroeville Public Library Video DVD Mildred
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Movies DVD MILDRED
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Northland Public Library Audio Video DRAMA MILDRED (DVD)
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Joan Crawford won an Academy Award for her bravura portrayal of the titular heroine in Mildred Pierce. The original James M. Cain novel concerns a wife and mother who works her way to financial security to provide a rosy future for her beloved daughter, but encounters difficulties and tragedies along the way. Ranald McDougall's screenplay tones down the sexual content, enhancing its film noir value by adding a sordid murder. The film opens with oily lounge lizard Monte Beragon (Zachary Scott) being pumped full of bullets. Croaking out the name "Mildred", he collapses and dies. Both the police and the audience are led to believe that the murderer is chain-restaurant entrepreneur Mildred Pierce (Crawford), who takes the time to relate some of her sordid history. As the flashback begins, we see Mildred unhappily married to philandering Bert Pierce (Bruce Bennett). She divorces him, keeping custody of her two beloved daughters, Veda (Ann Blyth) and Kay (Jo Anne Marlowe). To keep oldest daughter Veda in comparative luxury, Mildred ends up taking a waitressing position at a local restaurant. With the help of slimy real estate agent Wally Fay (Jack Carson), she eventually buys her own establishment, which grows into a chain of restaurants throughout Southern California. Meanwhile, Mildred smothers Veda in affection and creature comforts. She goes so far as to enter into a loveless marriage with the wealthy Monty Beragon in order to improve her social standing; Beragon repays the favor by living the life of a layabout playboy, much to Mildred's dismay -- and possible financial ruin. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Additional Information
Subjects Mothers and daughters -- Drama.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Publisher Burbank, CA :Warner Home Video :2003
Turner Entertainment Co.,
Edition Full screen version.
Other Titles Joan Crawford: the ultimate movie star.
Mildred Pierce.
Contributors Crawford, Joan, 1908-1977.
Carson, Jack, 1910-1963.
Scott, Zachary, 1914-1965.
Blyth, Ann, 1928-
Arden, Eve, 1908-1990.
Bennett, Bruce, 1906-2007.
Curtiz, Michael, 1886-1962.
Steiner, Max, 1888-1971.
Wald, Jerry, 1911-1962.
MacDougall, Ranald.
Haller, Ernest.
Grot, Anton, 1884-1974.
Weisbart, David.
Cain, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-1977. Mildred Pierce.
Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967)
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Turner Entertainment Co.
Participants/Performers Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Ann Blyth, Eve Arden, Bruce Bennett.
Other Contributors Director of photography, Ernest Haller ; editor, David Weisbart ; music, Max Steiner.
Language English
Includes English, with optional English, French and Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Notes Originally released as a motion picture in 1945.
Based on the novel by James M. Cain.
Special features: side B include a documentary, Joan Crawford: the ultimate movie star and a Joan Crawford trailer gallery.
System Details DVD; Dolby digital.
Description 1 videodisc (approximately 111 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 079077559X
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