Release dateFebruary 6, 1931 (1931-02-06) (Premiere-New York City)
February 8, 1931 (1931-02-08) (US) Based onthe novel, Millie
by Donald Henderson Clarke WriterDonald Henderson Clarke (from the novel by), Charles Kenyon (adaptation), Charles Kenyon (dialogue), Ralph Murphy (dialogue) Music directorNacio Herb Brown, Arthur Lange CastHelen Twelvetrees (Millie Blake Maitland), Lilyan Tashman (Helen Riley), Robert Ames (Tommy Rock), James Hall (Jack Maitland), John Halliday (Jimmy Dammier), Joan Blondell (Angie) Similar moviesAvatar, The End of Summer, The Loft, The Fierce Wife Final Episode, The Deep Blue Sea, Cosmopolis
TaglineMAN PAYS A PRICE...WOMAN PAYS A PENALTY!
Young and naive, Millie (Helen Twelvetrees) elopes with affluent New York City businessman Jack Maitland (James Hall) expecting a bright future. Three years and one child later, she learns Jacks been cheating and leaves him, plunging headlong into the citys decadent nightlife. She tries dating other men, but is in each case let down and over time comes to distrust them altogether. Things come to a head when she catches an old flame (John Halliday) making a pass at her daughter (Anita Louise).
Millie (1931) is a Pre-Code drama film directed by John Francis Dillon from a screenplay by Charles Kenyon and Ralph Morgan, based on a novel of the same name by Donald Henderson Clarke. The film was an independent production by Charles R. Rogers, distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, after their acquisition of Pathe Exchange. It starred Helen Twelvetrees in one of her best roles, with a supporting cast which included Lilyan Tashman, James Hall, Joan Blondell, John Halliday and Anita Louise.
Millie Blake has a love affair that goes wrong, so Millie plays the field recklessly from that point on. When she finds out that one of the reckless players from her past has now cast his spell on her daughter, she takes matters into her own hands and finds herself in a courtroom trying to find a better defense plea than mother-love and honor-protection.
Millie (Helen Twelvetrees) is a naive young woman who marries a wealthy man from New York, Jack Maitland (James Hall). Three years later, unhappy in her marriage due to her husbands continued infidelity, she asks for and receives a divorce. Because of her pride, she does not want his money, however, she also does not want to remove her daughter from a comfortable lifestyle. She allows Jack and his mother (Charlotte Walker), to retain custody of Millies daughter, Connie (Anita Louise). Focusing on her career, she rises through the hierarchy of the hotel where she is employed, shunning the attention of the rich banker, Jimmy Damier (John Halliday), preferring the attentions of the reporter, Tommy Rock (Robert Ames), although, due to her prior sour relationship, refuses to marry. Eventually, Millie is promoted to the head of operations for the hotel. At the same time, Tommy is offered a lucrative position at the bank by Damier, as a favor to Millie. However, at the celebration party, Millie discovers that Tommy, just like Maitland, is cheating on her.
Betrayed a second time, Millie becomes very bitter. With her female cohorts, Helen and Angie (Lilyan Tashman and Joan Blondell, respectively), she becomes a woman who loves a good time, floating from man to man. This goes on for several years, until she hears that Damier has taken an interest in her teen-age daughter, Connie, who bears a striking resemblance to Millie. Millie warns Damier to leave her daughter alone, but, although he promises to stay away from Connie, he ignores Millies warning, and takes Connie to a remote lodge to seduce her. Millie is tipped off, goes to the lodge with a gun, confronts Jimmy and kills him.
In the following murder trial, Millie tries to keep her daughters name out of the press and claims not to remember why she shot Jimmy. She says that another woman ran out of the lodge after the shot but claims that she didnt see who the woman was and has no idea as to the other womans identity. The prosecution thus claims that Millies motive was jealousy of Jimmys romantic relationship with this unknown other woman. Millies friends, however, help to bring out the truth, and when the jury finds out that Millies true motive was to protect her daughter from Jimmys lascivious intentions, they acquit her. In the end, Millie is reunited with her daughter and her estranged husbands family.
Millie 1931 full movie
Helen Twelvetrees as Millie Blake Maitland
Lilyan Tashman as Helen Riley
Robert Ames as Tommy Rock
James Hall as Jack Maitland
John Halliday as Jimmy Damier
Joan Blondell as Angie Wickerstaff
Anita Louise as Connie Maitland
Edmund Breese as Bob OFallon
Frank McHugh as Johnny Holmes
Charlotte Walker as Mrs Maitland
Franklin Parker as Spring
Charles Delaney as Mike
Harry Stubbs as Mark Marks
(Cast as per AFIs database)
Robert Ames appears in Millie and Behind Office Doors. John Francis Dillon directed Millie and Call Her Savage. Street Scene (1931). Back Street (1941). Helen Twelvetrees appears in Millie and Bad Company.
Donald Henderson Clarke finished his novel, Millie, during summer 1930. The novel was first offered to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, who passed on it due to its racy content. In August of that year, it was reported that Charles R. Rogers had purchased the film rights to the novel, and had signed Charles Kenyon to adapt it into a screenplay, as well as selecting John Francis Dillon to direct. Although Rogers had signed an agreement to distribute his independent films through RKO, it was reported that he would be overseeing the production on the Universal lot. Even though he was incorrectly identified as "Rolph Murphy", Ralph Morgan was signed to collaborate with Kenyon on the screenplay adaptation in September. Less than a week later, Helen Twelvetrees signed on for the titular role; and it was reported that the screenplay adaptation had been completed. Rogers would choose Ernest Haller to shoot the film and sign him for the project in the beginning of October.
In January RKO announced the film would be released in February, and it was released on February 8, 1931.