Millie (1931)

81 or 85 mins | Drama | 8 February 1931

Producer:

Charles R. Rogers

Cinematographer:

Ernest Haller

Editor:

Fred Allen

Production Company:

Radio Pictures
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HISTORY

Sound technician Robert Pritchard's surname was misspelled in the onscreen credits as "Prichard." According to modern sources, Charles R. Rogers produced Millie as an independent film but sold the distribution rights to RKO Radio Pictures after he was made chief executive of RKO-Pathé Studios in Jan ... More Less

Sound technician Robert Pritchard's surname was misspelled in the onscreen credits as "Prichard." According to modern sources, Charles R. Rogers produced Millie as an independent film but sold the distribution rights to RKO Radio Pictures after he was made chief executive of RKO-Pathé Studios in Jan 1931. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
18 Nov 30
p. 6.
Film Daily
25 Jan 31
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Jan 31
pp. 60-61.
Motion Picture Herald
7 Feb 31
pp. 28-29.
Motion Picture Herald
22 Mar 31
p. 92.
New York Times
7 Feb 31
p. 11.
Variety
11 Feb 31
p. 29.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Chas. R. Rogers Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Adpt and cont
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Millie by Donald Henderson Clarke (New York, 1930).
SONGS
"Millie," words and music by Nacio Herb Brown.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 February 1931
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 6 February 1931
Production Date:
began late November 1930
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
6 February 1931
Copyright Number:
LP1984
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded on Western Electric Equipment
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
81 or 85
Length(in feet):
7,606
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Soon after her father dies, young Millie Blake leaves college to elope with businessman Jack Maitland and move to New York. Three years later, Millie, now the mother of baby Connie, frets over her wealthy husband's frequent absences and his suddenly indifferent manner. After Jack leaves on a business trip, a lonely Millie agrees to meet Angie Wickerstaff, a hometown friend, at a cabaret. There, Angie and Millie, who have been joined by Helen, Angie's gold-digging roommate, spot Jack dancing with an attractive blonde. Millie confronts Jack with his infidelity and then files for divorce, leaving Connie to be raised in prosperity by Jack and his mother. Embittered by her experience, Millie vows to be self-supporting and gets a job as a clerk at a hotel tobacco shop, where she meets newspaper reporter Tommy Rock. Although she rejects the advances of rich banker Jimmy Damier in favor of Tommy, Millie, determined to remain independent, refuses Tommy's proposals. Eventually, Millie is named the manager of all of the hotel's concessions, and Jimmy, as a favor to Millie, offers Tommy a lucrative position in his bank. To celebrate, Millie throws a nightclub party in Tommy's honor, but learns through gossip that Tommy is spending the evening with another woman. Exposed, Tommy is dumped by a heartbroken Millie, who then finds solace in the arms of Jimmy and many other men. Eight years later, Millie hears that Jimmy has been spending time with her ex-husband and ingratiating himself with the beautiful seventeen-year-old Connie. After Millie threatens him, Jimmy assures her that he will stop seeing Connie, but later sneaks the innocent girl to ... +


Soon after her father dies, young Millie Blake leaves college to elope with businessman Jack Maitland and move to New York. Three years later, Millie, now the mother of baby Connie, frets over her wealthy husband's frequent absences and his suddenly indifferent manner. After Jack leaves on a business trip, a lonely Millie agrees to meet Angie Wickerstaff, a hometown friend, at a cabaret. There, Angie and Millie, who have been joined by Helen, Angie's gold-digging roommate, spot Jack dancing with an attractive blonde. Millie confronts Jack with his infidelity and then files for divorce, leaving Connie to be raised in prosperity by Jack and his mother. Embittered by her experience, Millie vows to be self-supporting and gets a job as a clerk at a hotel tobacco shop, where she meets newspaper reporter Tommy Rock. Although she rejects the advances of rich banker Jimmy Damier in favor of Tommy, Millie, determined to remain independent, refuses Tommy's proposals. Eventually, Millie is named the manager of all of the hotel's concessions, and Jimmy, as a favor to Millie, offers Tommy a lucrative position in his bank. To celebrate, Millie throws a nightclub party in Tommy's honor, but learns through gossip that Tommy is spending the evening with another woman. Exposed, Tommy is dumped by a heartbroken Millie, who then finds solace in the arms of Jimmy and many other men. Eight years later, Millie hears that Jimmy has been spending time with her ex-husband and ingratiating himself with the beautiful seventeen-year-old Connie. After Millie threatens him, Jimmy assures her that he will stop seeing Connie, but later sneaks the innocent girl to his country lodge. When Millie is informed by Jimmy's chauffeur that Connie is with Jimmy, she rushes to the lodge with a gun and shoots her former lover in front of her daughter. While testifying at her trial, Millie refuses to mention her daughter, but at the behest of Tommy, Connie steps forward and provides her mother with the motive that saves her life. +

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