Mildred Pierce [videorecording] /
by MacDougall, Ranald [aus]; Wald, Jerry [pro]; Curtiz, Michael [drt]; Crawford, Joan [act]; Carson, Jack [act]; Scott, Zachary [act]; Arden, Eve [act]; Blyth, Ann [act]; Bennett, Bruce [act]; Patrick, Lee [act]; Olsen, Moroni [act]; Borg, Veda Ann [act]; Marlowe, Jo Ann [act]; Haller, Ernest [cng]; Weisbart, David [flm]; Grot, Anton [ard]; Steiner, Max [cmp]; Cain, James M. (James Mallahan) [ant]; Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967); First National Pictures, Inc; Warner Home Video (Firm); Turner Entertainment Co.Material type: Visual materialPublisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video : Turner Entertainment Co., c2005Description: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.ISBN: 079077559X :; 9780790775593; 1419810855; 9781419810855.Language note: In English with optional subtitles in English, French, or Spanish; closed-captioned.Title notes: $19.99 (g) 4/19/2013 (cw)Uniform titles: Mildred Pierce (Motion picture).Subject(s): DVD-Video discs | Mothers and daughters -- Drama | Restaurateurs -- Drama | Single mothers -- Drama | California -- Drama | Cain, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-1977 -- Film adaptations | 7.150 | Feature films | Mystery films | Feature films | Film noir | Detective and mystery films | Video recordings for the hearing impaired | Film noir | Mystery -- Feature
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
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
$19.99 (g) 4/19/2013 (cw)
DVD; Region 1; Dolby Digital mono; in standard format, preserving original theatrical exhibition aspect ratio, 1.33:1.
In English with optional subtitles in English, French, or Spanish; closed-captioned.
Based on the novel by James M. Cain.
Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth, Bruce Bennett, Lee Patrick, Moroni Olsen, Veda Ann Borg, Jo Ann Marlowe.
Director of photography, Ernest Haller ; editor, David Weisbart ; art director, Anton Grot ; music by Max Steiner.
Originally produced as an American motion picture in 1945.
Double-sided disc includes film (side A) and special features (side B).
Mildred Pierce is a happily married woman with two kids, living in the suburbs of sunny California. She secretly takes a job as a waitress so that she can pay for piano lessons and expensive clothes for her eldest daughter, Veda. Her growing financial independence permits her to open her own restaurant, and eventually a chain of eateries. She has divorced her intolerant first husband, and married well-connected Monte in order to get Veda into high society. Greedy, self-absorbed Veda is still ungrateful, and demands an even greater sacrifice of her mother. Eventually, Mildred finds herself ensnared in the world of police and suspicion when Monte is mysteriously murdered.
Side 1. Mildred Pierce -- Side 2. Joan Crawford: the ultimate movie star ; Crawford trailer gallery.
Shoreline credits -- Dying words and thoughts -- Uneasy company -- Never saw deader -- Class reunion -- Prime suspect -- Kids first -- Cheap material -- Hopeful Wally -- Anything you want -- New waitress -- Why not a restaurant? -- Community property -- Declined and accepted -- Sound of our hearts -- Tragedy -- Grand opening -- Veda meets Monte -- One man's poison -- Confession -- Bad habits -- Monte's payoff -- Veda's payoff -- I can get away! -- Alligator idea -- Working girl -- Sold on marriage -- Homecoming -- Acting badly -- Unexpected -- Her fault -- Into the dawn.
Special features Side A: Cast and crew [text feature]; Awards [text feature]; Side B: Joan Crawford: The ultimate movie star [featurette] (87 min.); Trailer gallery (21 min.).
Winner, 1945 Academy Award for Best Actress: Joan Crawford.