Millie (February 8, 1931)
Released February 8, 1931: Millie is a beautiful red-head that just cannot find a good man, and murder is the only thing left for her.
Directed by John Francis Dillon
Written by Donald Henderson Clarke, Charles Kenyon and Ralph Murphy.
The Actors: Helen Twelvetrees (Millicent 'Millie' Blake Maitland), Lilyan Tashman (Helen 'Hel' Riley), Robert Ames (Tommy Rock), James Hall (John 'Jack' Maitland), John Halliday (Jimmy Damier), Joan Blondell (Angie Wickerstaff), Anita Louise (Constance 'Connie' Maitland), Edmund Breese (Bob O'Fallon, defense attorney), Frank McHugh (John 'Johnny' Holmes), Charlotte Walker (Mrs. Maitland), Franklin Parker (Spring), Charles Delaney (Mike, Jimmy's chauffeur), Harry Stubbs (Mark Marks), Marie Astaire (Bobby), Hooper Atchley (District Attorney Sanders), Max Barwyn (Max, head waiter), Louise Beavers (maid), Nora Cecil (Helen and Angie's landlady), Harvey Clark (Mr. Elmer Hawksworth), Carmelita Geraghty (Miss Vall), Otis Harlan (Luke, counter man), Aggie Herring (Tommy's landlady), Fred Howard (Freddie, reporter), Edward LeSaint (the judge), Wilfred Lucas (Millie's elderly escort), Geneva Mitchell (Clara Roscoe), Cyril Ring (Bailey), Charles Sullivan (taxi driver).
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Wow! What a story! I am amazed that this kind of movie was filmed in 1931. Of course, it could not have been shown in theaters a few years later when the Hays Office started censoring movies. You see, Millie is a beautiful young red head with the fire and ambition that few girls have. At the beginning of the story she is also very naive, and gets married to a wealthy businessman who gives her everything a girl could want . . . except for his love. He has a girlfriend on the side for that. When Millie discovers his deception she gets a divorce, and leaves him, their daughter, and the wealthy lifestyle behind. She will not take any of his money - she will be independent, a lot smarter . . . and never depend on a man again. This works well until she meets Tommy Rock. Men are always after Millie, but she coyly puts them all off, staying single and independent. But this Tommy Rock . . . he's a bit different . . . maybe. He is a working class reporter, and Millie finally succumbs to his allure. They never marry, but she does move in with him and 'keep house' with him, and both of their careers blossom. But one day Millie discovers that Tommy has a girlfriend on the side, and with a broken heart she disavows men once again with a passion. She becomes a 'good-time' girl, usually drunk at parties with any man who will pay the bill. But she remains cool and independent when any man tries to get any closer to her. Millie and her two girlfriends party their way through the years with men and booze. Men are fine to party with, but nothing more. When the party is over - the men must go and the girls depend only on each other. No romance . . . no commitments . . . no trust in any man. And that would be a good story for a movie all in itself . . . . but wait . . . . at this point it just gets juicer and better than any dime store novel. Bring Millie's now beautiful young daughter into the picture, add more man-trouble, and then a murder and court case that will knock your socks off! If this story were filmed today it would be another blockbuster hit. If you only watch one old movie today, this is the one to watch!
Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter and cozy up in a big welcoming arm chair while you dive into the life and loves of Millie, an amazingly written pre-code drama.
Aggie Herring is an upset landlady trying to break up a rowdy party.
Anita Louise discovers who her mother is and watches the murder.
Anita Louise is kissed by John Halliday
Anita Louise on the witness stand about to testify for her mother.
Anita Louise - 1931
Charles Delaney calle Helen Twelvetrees
Edmund Breese is the defense attorney
Edward LeSaint is the judge in the movie 'Millie'
Frank McHugh and Aggie Herring
Frank McHugh suggesting to Hooper Atchley what he should tell the jury.
Frank McHugh and Robert Ames
Frank McHugh and Robert Ames wait for the trial to end.
Geneva Mitchell uncovers Tommy's deception
Harry Stubbs and John Halliday
Helen Twelvetrees and Charles Delaney
Helen Twelvetrees and Charles Sullivan
Helen Twelvetrees and Charlotte Walker
Helen Twelvetrees, Geneva Mitchell and Lilyan Tashman
Helen Twelvetrees and Harry Stubbs
Helen Twelvetrees and Hooper Atchley
Helen Twelvetrees and James Hall
Helen Twelvetrees and John Halliday on the roof
Helen Twelvetrees and James Hall on the way to getting married.
Helen Twelvetrees and Joan Blondell
Helen Twelvetrees and Lilyan Tashman get drunk on Christmas day.
Hooper Atchley addressing the jury
James Hall calling Millie's mother on their wedding night.
Joan Blondell and Lilyan Tashman call Millie.
Joan Blondell in 1931
John Halliday and Anita Louise in his hunting lodge
John Halliday and Harry Stubbs
John Halliday and Robert Ames
Lilyan Tashman and Joan Blondell
Lilyan Tashman in 1931