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Mildred Pierce (1945): Articles


'Mildred Pierce' 1945: Joan Crawford 'Terrific' in Film Noir or Melodrama?

Joan Crawford in 'Mildred Pierce': Best Actress Oscar winner enjoyed a triumphant comeback. 'Mildred Pierce' 1945 movie review: Very entertaining 'soap opera' Time has a way of making some films seem grander than they really are. A good example is Mildred Pierce, the 1945 black-and-white melodrama directed by Casablanca's Michael Curtiz, and that won star Joan Crawford a Best Actress Oscar. Mildred Pierce is in no way, shape, or form great art, even though it's certainly not a bad film. In fact, as a soap opera it's quite entertaining – no, make that very entertaining; and entertainment is a quality that can stand on its own. (The problem in recent decades is that cinema has become nothing but entertainment.) In […]


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'Mildred Pierce' 1945: Joan Crawford 'Terrific' in Film Noir or Melodrama?



Joan Crawford Movies: 'Mildred Pierce,' 'Flamingo Road'

Joan Crawford (right, in Daisy Kenyon) is Turner Classic Movies' next “Summer Under the Stars” star. On Monday, August 22, TCM will be showing 13 Joan Crawford movies, in addition to Peter Fitzgerald's documentary Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star, narrated by Anjelica Huston. (Curiously, Crawford is nowhere to be found in any of the 40+ films directed by Anjelica Huston's father, John Huston.) (See Joan Crawford Movie Schedule further below.) As an MGM and WB star, Crawford is one of TCM's most visible stars. Every week, there's some Joan Crawford movie or other on TCM – at times, a number of them. Even so, there's plenty of room for variety, as Crawford made about 60 films between 1930 and […]


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Joan Crawford Movies: 'Mildred Pierce,' 'Flamingo Road'



Ann Blyth & Lizabeth Scott Today + Doris Day Honors James Cagney

Ann Blyth. Ann Blyth, who received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for the film noir Mildred Pierce (1945), is pictured above during a discussion following a screening of the Joan Crawford classic at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Monday, June 14, 2010. Mildred Pierce was shown as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Oscar Noir” series. In the movie, Blyth plays Mildred Pierce's conniving, selfish daughter. Crawford plays Mildred. A Universal contract player in the 1940s and an MGM contractee in the '50s, Blyth appeared in about three dozen movies from 1944 to 1957. In addition to Mildred Pierce, Blyth's other important movies include A Woman's Vengeance (1947), Brute Force (1947), Another […]


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Ann Blyth & Lizabeth Scott Today + Doris Day Honors James Cagney