Director: Michael Curtiz Run Time: 111 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1945
Starring: Ann Blyth, Eve Arden, Jack Carson, Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott
Screenwriter: Ranald MacDougall
Producer: Jerry Wald
Noirvember continues with the Joan Crawford classic Mildred Pierce, directed by the great Michael Curtiz, based on the novel by James M. Cain, and with an unknown number of script additions from none other than William Faulkner. Mildred Pierce (Crawford) finds herself supporting herself and her two daughters after her husband runs off with another woman. Though she finds success in the restaurant business, her spoiled rotten daughter Veda resents her working-class position and longs for a station higher in life, and may resort to murder to keep it. Joan Crawford won an Academy Award for her powerhouse performance in this beautifully blended mix of high Noir and melodrama.