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Directed by Michael Curtiz




111 minutes



Ernie Manouse’s Favorite Film "Mildred Pierce"

Introduced by Ernie Manouse*

Joan Crawford won an Oscar for her memorable performance as Mildred Pierce, an independent woman whose contentious relationship with a selfish daughter causes endless heartache and lots of trouble.

"Hungarian-born Michael Curtiz (Casablanca; Yankee Doodle Dandy) had a touch of gold, and executives hoped he could repeat his success especially since James M. Cain’s racy novel was considered unfilmable by many. The screenplay was cleaned up due to pressure from the Production Code, and the story was trimmed to be less complicated than the novel. Even though the film took place in sunny California by the beach, Curtiz used German Expressionistic style to make Mildred Pierce's world appropriately dark and gloomy. . . . one of the best film noirs made.” —

*A native of Binghamton, New York, and a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Emmy winner Ernie Manouse started at NBC News, then moved into radio at WLS in Chicago, and back to TV at HoustonPBS. Manouse can be seen on PBS stations across the country on his Emmy-nominated series InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse.