Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

Michael Curtiz (1945)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Although it will for ever be known as the movie that relaunched Joan Crawford's flagging career, there is much more to this classic "woman's picture" than her Oscar-winning performance. While it reworks the original plot, Ranald MacDougall's script - in which a woman sacrifices her own happiness to provide for her selfish daughter - retains the sharp edge of James M Cain's novel (this is as much film noir as soap opera). Meanwhile Michael Curtiz's cool direction keeps the action moving and Crawford, Ann Blyth and Zachary Scott away from caricature. Ernest Haller's moody photography and Anton Grot's sets (which, at a glance, convey Mildred's changing social status) are also outstanding. Screen suffering was never so sophisticated yet unsentimental.


A woman vows to do anything for her beloved daughters after she divorces their father. She works her fingers to the bone, taking assorted jobs to ensure the girls have everything they could want - but it proves to be a thankless task when she ends up competing with one of her children for a man's love. Melodrama, starring an Oscar-winning Joan Crawford alongside Jack Carson.

Cast & Crew

Mildred Pierce Joan Crawford
Wally Fay Jack Carson
Ida Eve Arden
Monte Beragon Zachary Scott
Veda Pierce Ann Blyth
Maggie Binderhof Lee Patrick
Bert Pierce Bruce Bennett
Miriam Ellis Veda Ann Borg
Director Michael Curtiz
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Park CircusAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray