Mildred Pierce

Synopsis: When Mildred Pierce's wealthy husband leaves her for another woman, Mildred decides to raise her two daughters on her own. Despite Mildred's financial successes in the restaurant business, her oldest daughter, Veda, resents her mother for degrading their social status. In the midst of a police investigation after the death of her second husband, Mildred must evaluate her own freedom and her complicated relationship with her daughter.
Director(s): Michael Curtiz
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min


What's on your mind, lady?

You know what l think? l think maybe

you had an idea you'd take a swim.

Leave me alone.

lf you take a swim, l'd have

to take a swim. ls that fair?

Because you feel like killing yourself,

l gotta get pneumonia.

Never thought about that, did you?

Okay. Think about it.

Go on, beat it now.

Go on home before we both take a swim.

Mildred. What are you doing

around this pigeon perch? Slumming?


-You sick or something?

No. l don't think so.

lf you're feeling weak, why not come

have a drink on the house? For free.

Come on.

Buying this joint was

the smartest move l ever made.

-Give us a couple drinks, will you, Tony?

-Yes, sir.

l hope you're not sore at me about

this afternoon. Strictly business, see?

lt might just as well have been you

selling me out. You can't expect--

What are you looking

at me like that for?

You can talk your way out of anything.

You're good at that.

ln my business you have to be.

Only now, l'd rather talk myself into

something. Do you know what l mean?

-Still trying?

-lt's a habit.

-l've tried once a week since we were kids.

-Twice a week.


Anyhow, l'm still drawing blanks.

You never used to drink it

straight like that.

l've learned how these last few months.

l've learned a lot of things.

-Like, for instance?

-Like, for instance, that's rotten liquor.

There's better stuff to drink

at the beach house, Wally.

-ls that a dare?

-Could be.

All right. l'll take it.

You know l like good stuff.

-Maybe this is my lucky day.


-Come in.

-How about your husband?

ls he getting broad-minded

all of a sudden?

Monte isn't here. Besides, you can talk

your way out of anything, can't you?

l get by all right.

-You keep saying that.

-Do l?

-Nervous, Wally?

-No, l'm cold. Temporarily.

-lsn't this more comfortable?

-Yeah, l guess so, but....

-What's the matter?


-You don't seem very happy here.

-l'm happy. Believe me.

lnside, my heart is singing.

-That's pretty corny, Wally.

-Well, l'm a corny guy, but smart too.

-l wonder about things.

-What things?

For instance, l wonder why

you brought me here tonight.

All of a sudden, husband gone,

soft lights, quiet room, opportunity.


-Maybe l find you irresistible, Wally.

You make me shiver, Mildred.

You always have.

You make love so nicely.

You always have.

All my life when l've wanted something,

l've gone after it. l get it too.

lt may take me a little time,

but l get what l want.

-Do you? lt must be nice.

-Yeah. lt is.

-l'm sorry.

-Hey, what's the score?

l feel sticky.

l think l'd better change my dress.

Yeah, sure, Mildred.

lt's a good idea.

l'll only be a minute.

-Leave the door open so we can talk.

-l like to hear you talk.

So do l. Something about the sound

of my own voice fascinates me.

l'm glad you're not sore about me

taking you over the hurdles.

l didn't mean to cut up your business.

l just got started and couldn't stop.

l see an angle, l start cutting myself

a piece of throat. lt's an instinct.

With me, being smart's a disease.

Know what l mean?

Hey, Mildred!

Hurry up!

You know l don't like to drink alone.

Say something. This one-sided

conversation is beginning to bore me.



Come on. Don't play any games.

l'm a nice guy up to a certain point,

but don't get me sore. Mildred.

What's the matter?

What kind of business is this, anyway?

Hit that house with the light.

Stop, you!

Okay, okay.

What's the hurry, pal?

-No gun.

-Better take a look in that house.

This guy came through that window

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Ranald MacDougall

Ranald MacDougall (March 10, 1915 – December 12, 1973) was an American screenwriter who scripted such films as Mildred Pierce (1945), The Unsuspected (1947), June Bride (1948), and The Naked Jungle (1954), and shared screenwriting credit for 1963's Cleopatra. He also directed a number of films, including 1957's Man on Fire with Bing Crosby and 1959's The World, the Flesh and the Devil, both of which featured actress Inger Stevens. more…

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