An abused woman encounters a series of lascivious men who drive her to commit murder.
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 25 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: February 28, 2006
  • Originally Released: 1931
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) - English

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Discovering that has been betrayed by her tycoon husband, Millie divorces him, but regrettably, must leave her daughter in the custody of the wealthy cheat. Determined to make her own way in the world, the much sought-after beauty remains cool and detached from any emotional involvement with men - until she opens her heart to a reporter. But her happiness is short-lived when she discovers that he too has been unfaithful. Years later, when an old suitor turns his attention to her stunning, now-teenage daughter, Millie's long-dead passion is reignited. But this time "it's not love she's after".

Considered racy for its time, Millie is notable for a thinly veiled portrayal of lesbian lovers, played by Joan Blondell (known for being James Cagney's favorite leading lady) and Lilyan Tashman (Nellie Bly in 1936's Frankie and Johnnie, her last film before dying of cancer at age 34). Helen Twelvetrees, a 1929 winner of the WAMPAS Baby Stars (a yearly selection of 13 promising starlets chosen by The Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers), is best remembered for her role opposite a young and villainous Clark Gable in The Painted Desert (1931). John Halliday starred in Desire (1936) and a few years later, played Katharine Hepburn's philandering father in The Philadelphia Story (1940).

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A social butterfly flits from one man to another, defying the institution of marriage.

This film was produced prior to the Hays Office controls on censoring films and is evident, even by today's standards, as to what all the fuss was about.


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Very Good Print Movie Lover: from Walnut Creek, CA US -- February, 27, 2010

Sharp print of a tawdry pre-Code melodrama, interesting for the Joan Blondell character's fairly open lesbian relationship, even showing the two of them in bed together, and the second-rate and tired double-entendre and transparently indicated sexual situations that by 1934 would be gone from movies for a generation due to censorship. Good studio production values- an RKO picture that fell out of copyright.

Millie Movie Lover: from Bronx, NY US -- October, 5, 2009

Enjoyable pre-Hollywood code film that relates 19 years in the life of Mille from sweet and innocent small town girl to sophisticated city woman. Helen Twelvetrees is most enjoyable as Millie with Joan Blondell equally captivating as her friend Angie. Film and audio quality are excellent making the movie feel a bit more modern and not as old as it actually is. If you are a fan of movie classics from the 1930s and of the pre code films in particular, this one belongs in your library.

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