Mildred Pierce (1945)

Joan Crawford is the upwardly mobile waitress/restaurant owner in Curtiz’s adaptation of James M Cain.

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A noir melodrama adapted from James M Cain’s novel, this finds the titular waitress-turned-restaurateur (Crawford) coming into conflict with her beloved but brattish daughter over a feckless playboy.

At once a critique of patriarchy and greed, and a celebration of female friendship and determination (cue the inimitable Eve Arden as Mildred’s pal).

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