Thoroughly Modern Millie
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There are many problems in this George Roy Hill spoof: its overlength, its bizarre plot excursions ( Julie at one point announces she has to sing "Trinkt Le Chaim" at a Jewish wedding which she does for no possible reason other than no one previous ever possibly IMAGINED what this song would sound like sung by her), and Carol Channing does overdo it as Muzzy (when she gets shot out of a cannon, you want to duck). But, it has one of the world's alltime best running sight gags (an elevator that works only if you dance in it), Mary Tyler Moore's peerless attempt to do the dance known as "the Tapioca," which practically stops the entire show, and finally Beatrice Lillie's famously hilarious performance as Mrs. Meers. Casting Lillie, the absolute unquestioned master of dry British comedy, against Julie Andrews was nothing short of inspired, and when Lillie attempts to figure out which of many cups of tea has a sleeping drug hidden in it the movie seems close to comic genius.
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (TMM) is a hoot. Director George Roy Hill keeps the pace fast and the mood light. He has Julie Andrews look into the camera often for funny effect. Usually a silent movie card is flashed onscreen when she does this, telling the audience Millie's thoughts ("Her beads hang straight.")
The characters are broadly drawn, which makes the movie fun. Beatrice Lillie is the arch-villainess, and her severe makeup and beehive hairdo are hilarious. Mary Tyler Moore strikes the right chord as the virginal Miss Dorothy.
There are several highlights for me: The opening number when Millie changes from 'plain Jane' to 'thoroughly modern'; any time a character has to dance in the tempermental elevator to make it go up or down; "Jazz Baby" with Carol Channing.
About the disc: The print of TMM doesn't look that good. The movie was released in 1967, so it's over 35 years old. Some of the special-effects shots (even the wipes and transition scenes) look grainy. The colors could be more vibrant. This is probably the best print in existence, still one wishes the quality were better. The sound tended to 'peak' in sections too.
TMM fans will be happy to know that the overture and intermission music have been restored.
TMM is a funny, entertaining, old-fashioned film with great performances. Julie Andrews seems to be having a great time vamping it up. Enjoy it!
Our flapper heroine is Millie Dillmount (Andrews), who has decided to be a "mod" and turned in her long curls for a stylish bob. Her goal in life is to marry her boss and after interviewing several possibilities she hits the jackpot with Trevor Graydon (John Gavin), who hires her as his stenog and calls Millie "John" (as in "Johnny on the spot"). Millie likes young Jimmy (James Fox), who impresses her by inventing a new dance called the Tapioca and being a swell kisser, but he is poor and Millie has her ambitions. Millie's best gal-al is Miss Dorothy (Mary Tyler Moore), who is sweet, innocent, and has lots of curls.
However, the life of Millie and her friends are caught between two imposing characters. At the hotel for young women where Millie lives there is Mrs. Meers (Beatrice Lillie), who is always looking out for young girls who are "all alone in the world," like Miss Dorothy, who could be of use to a Chinese White Slavery ring.Read more ›
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Always liked this movie. But when, in an interview, we heard this was Julie Andrews' favorite, love it all the more. Lots of fun.Published 8 days ago by stephen ristow
The music, the dancing, the costumes, the story-- everything about this movie is excellent! I watched it three time in the first week and can't wait to see it again!Published 14 days ago by BleusChat
One of my favorite musicals starring Julie Andrews. It also features splendid work by the incomparable Beatrice Lillie (in the underused role as the villainous Mrs. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Einsatz
I have found this move to be hilarious and entertaining! The story follows Millie as she makes friends and goes on fun adventures. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ava Eder
Love this movie. Super cute! Julie Andrews is just an awesome actress!Published 1 month ago by Crystal Z
what can I say this show has Julie Andrews in it! Of course it is good! So funny and a great family show!Published 2 months ago by KJH
Mostly an enjoyable movie but a bit too cutsey for my taste. Still with Mary Tyler Moore and Julie Andrews, the cast was delightful.Published 2 months ago by Marian
Purchased as a Christmas gift, but I know my mother-in-law will love it. I saw this movie when it first came out, and it's great! Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Judy
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