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  • Actors: Joel McCrea; Dorothy Mackaill; Robert McWade; Florence Roberts; Clara Kimball Young; Mary Carr; Ned Sparks
  • Directors: Lloyd Bacon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Reel Enterprises
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2007
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,759 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Blue collar steelworker Richard Brunton (McCrea) saves two of his fellow workers after an accident at a factory. In gratitude, his boss, millionaire Arthur Parker invites Richard for dinner with his family. Arthur's daughter Dot (Mackaill) is instantly impressed and infatuated with Richard She vows to marry him within a month.She does but Richard's seeming good luck is short-lived when he discovers how spoiled and selfish Dot really is, draining his finances dry in her greed, and he becomes Dot's "kept husband." Richard eventually convinces her to settle down and be happy on his humble salary.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling Trip Into our Pre-Code Past! May 3, 2005
"Millie" and "Kept Husbands," both made in the very early 30s, are both a delight--a journey into America's past when movies were amazingly frank and frisky. "Millie" is the dramatic show-stopper with the legendary Helen Twelvetrees delivering a powerhouse performance. She's Millie, a weepy, naive young woman who marries a jerk and then she falls for another, bigger jerk. She has a baby who grows up to be a beautiful young woman. You watch Millie being used and dumped by more heels and she becomes increasingly bitter and gradually becomes an alcoholic. By this time, Millie has become a bitter, haggard woman who murders the sleazy heel who tries to seduce her daughter. In the courtroom scenes, Twelvetrees looks amazinly like Susan Hayward in her later years and the movie ends rather abruptly. But the scenes of Twelvetrees defending her daughter will stay in your mind, long after the movie has ended. "Kept Husbands,' is a risque, sophisticated drama, beautifully scripted and acted by Joel McCrae and Dorothy Mackail. Both are delightful as the beautiful young couple who marry for all the wrong reasons. Dorothy wants to "keep" her handsome architect all to herself and arranges a In-Name-Only high priced job with her father's construction empire. Joel is finally repulsed of being a kept husband and flees. The two stars are totally delightful. This is the first time I've seen Mackail and in some scenes, she looks exactly like Marion Davies, a close friend. You can't go wrong visiting the past in these two gems of a by-gone era where women were always beautifully gowned and everyone sat around having cocktails, flirting madly with each other and then slinking off into the boudoir.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars exceptional Pre-Code gem July 8, 2008
MILLIE, produced by Radio Pictures Corp. in 1931, is a fascinating Pre-Code marvel starring lovely Helen Twelvetrees in the title role. Another reviewer has already outlined the plot, so there's no need for me to elaborate on that. Suffice to say, if you have a fondness for the movies of Pre-Code Hollywood, MILLIE will deliver a fun evening of entertainment.

Fans of Joan Blondell will love her early supporting role as one of Millie's wisecracking friends; she plays a woman involved in a thinly-veiled lesbian relationship with Lilyan Tashman (a real-life lesbian actress whose few movies are sadly lacking on DVD); she passed away six years after this film was released. MILLIE was one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to depict a lesbian relationship.

Helen Twelvetrees is fascinating to watch in the title role. In lots of ways the story is incredibly predictable (and the final reel drags the plot into sickly sweet territory); but it all adds to the charm of the movie. MILLIE will be a great addition to any classic movie collection.

Alpha's DVD is one of the best I've seen from this budget company. The image is a little jittery but it's sharp and stable for the entire duration of the film. The soundtrack is clear and strong, too. Another incentive for checking out this fascinating example of Pre-Code cinema.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCEPTIONAL COLLECTION!!!!! April 4, 2010
By larryj1
This collection from Roan is one of their best. All 3 films look great with only minor imperfections. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Work?!? You won't have any time for opportunity!" September 13, 2009
Millie is an excellent pre-Code drama with convincing acting and a plot that moves along at a fairly good pace despite some slow points here and there. The casting is well done and the choreography is great! The cinematography is very good and the sound is fine; the quality of the print is really rather good for an "Alpha Films" DVD release.

When the action starts (and believe me, there'll be lots of action in this picture), we meet Millicent 'Millie' Blake (Helen Twelvetrees) who gets a surprise proposal of marriage from a man (John 'Jack' Maitland played by James Hall) she's not quite ready to settle down with; but she goes through with it even though she's rather nervous on her wedding night, to say the least. Time passes; and Millie and Jack now have an adorable baby girl. They are living well in fancy Westchester County, New York, too. There's just one little problem: Jack no longer loves Millie! He says he still loves her; but Millie knows better. One day, when Millie goes to have lunch with her "more-than-just-good-friends" Helen 'Hel' Riley (Lilyan Tashman) and Angie Wickerstaff (Joan Blondell), Millie discovers Jack fooling around with another woman--and that's it for their marriage.

Millie leaves her daughter Connie with Jack because she wants Connie to have all the best in the world that Jack can give her with his money; Millie sees Connie as much as she can and she gets herself a new life. Millie gets a job at a hotel lobby concession stand and she thinks of letting one of two men into her life: James 'Jimmy' Damier (John Halliday) and Tommy Rock (Robert Ames). Although Jimmy could take good financial care of Millie, Millie wants to remain free of relying on men; she proudly says several times that she likes to "pay (her) own way.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Alpha version of Millie is exceptional. August 22, 2006
The Alpha version of Millie is exceptional. The print quality is outstanding and far better than I expected. This is the old Pre-Code story about Mother Love with exceptional performances by Helen Twelvetrees, Joan Blondell, Lilyan Tashman, and John Halliday.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Hard to find old movie. Good story
Published 2 months ago by D'Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine story and a great cast
This is a star-studded movie that includes; Helen Twelvetrees, Lilyan Tashman, Joan Blondell and Anita Louise. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rama Rao
4.0 out of 5 stars Try It...You'll Like It
I'm not all that familiar with the female lead in Millie, but Helen Twelvetrees appeared to have been a skilled and talented actress. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Millie, The Readhead, With Dangerous Curves........
........So goes the theme song of this pre-code weeper starring the actress who had to have had the campiest name ever, Helen Twelvetrees. Read more
Published 8 months ago by leslie eckhardt
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent movie but not one of the classics
I viewed it primarily to watch Helen Twelvetrees. I can see why she did not become as famous as Mary Pickford. Not quite enough of a sweet personality comes through. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Joseph M. Seda
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the view
It covered quite a bit of social ground, and grappled with issues we all face's surprisingly timely. Good film, not a classic, but still worthwhile.
Published 13 months ago by A. V. HOUGEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Most 2012 Editions Of This Are Currently BURNED DVD-R's
While there is some question of where they're being sourced from (they MAY be official) just as an fyi, most of the copies of this superb set currently running around are burned... Read more
Published on March 22, 2012 by G. Ratcheson
4.0 out of 5 stars package states " color film"
Fine performance by Helen , however disappointed as it states it was in color. I was expecting 2-strip technicolor.
Published on May 1, 2010 by Noodles Romanoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Millie
Loved this movie. This is definitely a movie of "forbidden Holywood". This movie touches on lesbianism, attempted rape and how life in the fast lane affects one woman.
Published on March 30, 2009 by Angela Caffey
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Millie (Helen Twelvetrees) is a young girl jumping into marriage with a man named John (James Hall). Read more
Published on July 22, 2007 by Samantha Glasser
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