Mildred Pierce

Digital Restoration


Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden,

After her husband leaves her for his bridge partner, Mildred Pierce (Joan Crawford) devotes her energies and talents to providing for her elder daughter, Veda, who suffers from perpetual dissatisfaction. Veda prefers her lifestyle untainted by work and disdains her mother, a waitress turned restaurant owner, for earning their living. In a disquieting mixture of the dark, unsettling world of film noir and the open, daylit world of melodrama, Mildred’s obsessive love for her daughter ends in a murder that begins the film. In flashbacks, the murder emerges as one of many interconnected crimes—crimes born not of physical violence, but rather of emotional and psychological needs, crimes rooted in the family. Mildred’s excessive love is inseparable from her overwork, in a classic case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t, damned if you are a mother. 

Kathy Geritz
  • Ranald MacDougall
Based On
  • the novel by James M. Cain
  • Ernest Haller
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 111 mins
  • Warner Bros.

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