Min and Bill (1930)

69 mins | Drama | 29 November 1930

Director:

George Hill

Cinematographer:

Harold Wenstrom

Editor:

Basil Wrangell

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Marie Dressler won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as "Min." Dressler and Wallace Beery also co-starred in the 1932 M-G-M release Tugboat Annie , in which they played similar characters. They also appeared as part of the all-star cast of M-G-M's 1933 production Dinner at Eight , although in that film Dressler was a society matron and Beery was a wealthy businessman (see entries above and below).
       In 1931 M-G-M released a Spanish-language version of Min and Bill , entitled La fruta amarga (See Entry). That film was directed by Arthur Gregor and starred Virginia Fábregas and Juan de ... More Less

Marie Dressler won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as "Min." Dressler and Wallace Beery also co-starred in the 1932 M-G-M release Tugboat Annie , in which they played similar characters. They also appeared as part of the all-star cast of M-G-M's 1933 production Dinner at Eight , although in that film Dressler was a society matron and Beery was a wealthy businessman (see entries above and below).
       In 1931 M-G-M released a Spanish-language version of Min and Bill , entitled La fruta amarga (See Entry). That film was directed by Arthur Gregor and starred Virginia Fábregas and Juan de Landa. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
18 Oct 1930
p. 1.
Film Daily
23 Nov 1930
p. 11.
Life
12 Dec 1930
p. 20.
Motion Picture News
18 Oct 1930.
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New York Times
24 Nov 1930
p. 26.
New York Times
30 Nov 1930
p. 5.
Time
8 Dec 1930
p. 42.
Variety
26 Nov 1930
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A George Hill Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
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Scen and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
SOUND
Rec dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Dark Star by Lorna Moon (Indianapolis, 1929).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 November 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 21 November 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
2 December 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1770
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
69
Length(in feet):
6,200
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Min, a hard-boiled proprietress of a waterfront hotel, who has as her sweetheart Bill, a fisherman, brings up Nancy, a girl who was deserted by her own mother in infancy. Local authorities try to persuade Min that she is not a fit mother and that Nancy should be sent to school. Between the truant officer and prohibition officials, Min is forced to send her to live with the school principal's family, though Nancy insists that she would rather stay with Min. Meanwhile, Bella, Nancy's actual mother--now a down-and-out floozie--turns up, but Min sends her back to San Francisco. Min sacrifices to send Nancy to a proper boarding school, where she falls in love with Dick, a wealthy boy who loves her in spite of her background and plans to marry her. Bella, finding out about her daughter's good fortune, returns and tells Min she will reveal her identity so as to benefit from Dick's money. In a struggle, Min's face is burned, and she is forced to shoot Bella to stop her. Min is informed on by a jealous sailor; and as her daughter sails on her honeymoon, Min is led away by the ... +


Min, a hard-boiled proprietress of a waterfront hotel, who has as her sweetheart Bill, a fisherman, brings up Nancy, a girl who was deserted by her own mother in infancy. Local authorities try to persuade Min that she is not a fit mother and that Nancy should be sent to school. Between the truant officer and prohibition officials, Min is forced to send her to live with the school principal's family, though Nancy insists that she would rather stay with Min. Meanwhile, Bella, Nancy's actual mother--now a down-and-out floozie--turns up, but Min sends her back to San Francisco. Min sacrifices to send Nancy to a proper boarding school, where she falls in love with Dick, a wealthy boy who loves her in spite of her background and plans to marry her. Bella, finding out about her daughter's good fortune, returns and tells Min she will reveal her identity so as to benefit from Dick's money. In a struggle, Min's face is burned, and she is forced to shoot Bella to stop her. Min is informed on by a jealous sailor; and as her daughter sails on her honeymoon, Min is led away by the police. +

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