Lions, Towers & Shields #9 June 7, 2020
Mildred Pierce

A Numerical Scale of Trash Men

Here’s the film, based on James M. Cain’s story, that won Joan Crawford an Oscar, and began the Warner Brothers phase of her career, after MGM sent her packing. It tells the story of Mildred, who begins a new life when her marriage ends by building a restaurant empire. But her selfish daughter (Ann Blyth) and her lover (Zachary Scott) don’t make things easy for the proprietor of Mildred’s Fatburger. Bonus? Film noir with a female protagonist.

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Old Movies, New Things: discs, books and other physical objects * Blu-ray: The Reluctant Debutante (1958)

Sightings: what’s coming on TCM, streaming services, and the festival circuit

The Movie

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