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Millie (1931)

Millie's life begins to crumble when she finds out her husband is having an affair.

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Donald Henderson Clarke (from the novel by), Charles Kenyon (adaptation) (as Chas. Kenyon) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Helen Twelvetrees ... Millie Blake Maitland
Lilyan Tashman ... Helen Riley
Robert Ames ... Tommy Rock
James Hall ... Jack Maitland
John Halliday ... Jimmy Damier
Joan Blondell ... Angie Wickerstaff
Anita Louise ... Connie Maitland
Edmund Breese ... Defense Attorney
Frank McHugh ... John Holmes
Charlotte Walker ... Mrs. Maitland
Franklin Parker Franklin Parker ... Spring
Charles Delaney ... Mike
Harry Stubbs Harry Stubbs ... Mark
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Storyline

Millie Blake has a love affair that goes wrong, so Millie plays the field recklessly from that point on. When she finds out that one of the reckless players from her past has now cast his spell on her daughter, she takes matters into her own hands and finds herself in a courtroom trying to find a better defense plea than mother-love and honor-protection. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Torn From Her Arms.......Child Of Love A Woman Can Give But Once. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1931 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Equipment)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Charles R. Rogers produced this as an independent film, but sold the distribution rights to RKO after he was made chief executive of RKO-Pathé in January 1931. See more »

Goofs

The beginning of the film is supposed to be set around 1914 yet the cast are wearing early-1930s fashion See more »

Quotes

Connie Maitland: It tickles my nose!
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Connections

Referenced in Consolation Marriage (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Nice to Be a Geranium
(uncredited)
Written by Arthur Lange
Played on piano by Robert Ames
Sung and Danced by Frank McHugh
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Millie, the red-head, with dangerous curves
24 January 2011 | by earlytalkieSee all my reviews

Here is an early-talkie that I have never before seen until I received the DVD as a gift. This is a fun movie from the "pre-code" era which stars the little-known (these days) Helen Twelvetrees. She had a reputation for playing "wronged women" and she plays one here. Miss Twelvetrees was indeed a beautiful woman and a competent actress. The story is something of a cross between "The Women" (which had not been written yet) and "Madame X", with it's bitchy dialog and it's finale celebrating Mother love. A surprising part of the film shows what is most likely a lesbian relationship between Joan Blondell (in one of her earliest roles) and the amazing Lilyan Tashman. It is truly tragic that Miss Tashman died so young (in 1934) for she could have gone on to play wonderful parts in many later films. My "what if?" scenario would be to cast "The Women" as an RKO film with Miss Twelvetrees playing the Norma Shearer part, Miss Tashman in the Roz Russell role, and Miss Blondell as Phyllis Povah. I adore the original cast, but who knows what my reverie could have been like? This film is also notable as one of the best-preserved (or is it restored?) of it's era. The print is sharp and clear and the sound recording is crisp and distinct, making every word audible. This is one of Alpha's finest quality DVDs, available at a bargain price and most satisfying to view and listen to.


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