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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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MAN PAYS A PRICE...WOMAN PAYS A PENALTY! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1931 (USA) See more »

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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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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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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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Men are beasts.
15 January 2014 | by MikeMagiSee all my reviews

It seems there was a curse on "Millie." Its four co-stars, Helen Twelvetrees, Lylian Tashman, Robert Ames and James Hall all died before they turned 50. As for the movie itself, its pre-code message is that all men are beasts who crave only one thing. The point is made through the saga of Millie Blake whom we first meet as a bashful bride on her wedding night (though even bucket loads of make-up can't hide the fact that Helen Twelvetrees is no teen-ager.) Nor is her paunchy husband an Adonis. Three years and a child later, she catches hubby canoodling with his mistress at a night club, files for divorce and valiantly (if stupidly) relinquishes the alimony she was entitled to. Plucky lass! From there on in, Millie fends off -- or gives in, depending on how you interpret the cutaways -- to a succession of over-age lotharios. But when one of them makes a play for her 16-year-old daughter, she has no choice. She has to shoot the dastard. By today's standards, Millie's sudsy exploits would be almost laughable. But by the standards of 1930/31, as movies were just learning to talk, it qualifies as an interesting (and sometimes downright entertaining) museum piece.


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