->''"Good-bye, good goody girl\\
I'm changing and how\\
So beat the drums 'cause here comes\\
Thoroughly Modern Millie now!"''
-->-- The title number

A 1967 musical comedy directed by George Roy Hill, ''Thoroughly Modern Millie'' later [[ScreenToStageAdaptation became a stage musical]] in 2002. Notably, the film version, which starred Julie Andrews as the titular Millie, was the source of composer Music/ElmerBernstein's only UsefulNotes/AcademyAward.

A "thoroughly modern girl" from Kansas, Millie Dillmount aspires to be the stenographer, and then the wife, of a wealthy man. After remaking her image, she meets Miss Dorothy Brown at the Priscilla Hotel, which is headed by a Mrs. Meers. She takes a liking to salesman Jimmy, but true to her ambition, she sets her sights on rich Trevor Graydon. Things get complicated for all when it's revealed that the hotel is a front for a white slavery ring, and that Miss Dorothy is their latest target.

The film thrives on meta humor, most notably the "break" halfway through in which literally nothing happens for a few minutes. It's an odd combination of [[TheRoaringTwenties 1920s]] comedy and [[TheSixties 1960s]] sensibilities, swerving between parody and straight-up comedy.

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[[folder:Original Movie Tropes]]
* ACupAngst: Inverted, with the fashion of a small chest being a bother to the slightly buxom Millie.
* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: The film averts this trope.
* AsideGlance: Millie does this a lot, and addresses the audience via silent movie dialog cards.
* BetaCouple: [[spoiler: Dorothy and Trevor]].
* {{Catchphrase}}: Muzzy's "Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasspberrieeeeeeeees!" and Mrs. Meers' "Sad, to be all alone in the world".
* DisguisedInDrag: Jimmy does this in the movie.
* DrowningMySorrows: Trevor does this after he is "stood up". By slipping it in his [[FrothyMugsOfWater coffee.]]
* TheFlapper: Millie.
* GoldDigger: The main premise of the story.
* IAmSong: The title number.
* IncestIsRelative: Subverted. Millie seems to think that [[spoiler: Jimmy is cheating on her with Miss Dorothy. She's wrong, of course,]] but it's [[FridgeLogic made rather disturbing after]] TheReveal shows them to be siblings.
* InnocentInnuendo
-->'''Trevor:''' Bolt the door, take off your things and let's have a test!\\
'''Millie:''' Excuse me?\\
'''Trevor:''' Take a letter!
* InsistentTerminology: '''Miss''' Dorothy. In the movie, it gets to the point where other people start correcting it for her.
* IronicEcho: When Miss Dorothy first arrives at The Priscilla, she annoys the cab driver by trying to pay her 35 cent fare with a check. Millie steps in and pays with cash. At the end of the movie, [[spoiler:Jimmy]] asks Millie what she wants for a wedding present, and she immediately says a checkbook.
* KnockoutGas: Played with when the antagonist is pumping a white sleeping gas into the room of someone she plans to kidnap and sell into slavery, the problem is that she is in the room with the gas. As the gas gets thicker in the room she starts to yawn, slows down, and finally just falls over onto the bed; the gas has dissipated by the time she is found, still asleep.
** She tries again later while wearing a gas mask, with more success this time.
* LampshadeHanging: Done a lot in the form of silent movie dialogue cards. Usually about [[RunningGag how well rich people can wear beads.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: A heroic fanfare is heard every time Trevor Graydon is shown parked outside the Priscilla Hotel while Millie and Jimmy are investigating Miss Dorothy's disappearance ... [[spoiler:despite the fact that he's been shot with a tranquilizer dart and is completely unconscious.]]
* LostAesop: In the end, Millie falls for the seemingly-broke Jimmy, agreeing that marriage out of love is more important than [[GoldDigger seeking a wealthy suitor for money.]] [[spoiler: TheReveal then crushes this moral by revealing that Jimmy is related to Dorothy and Muzzy, and is extremely wealthy himself.]]
** The moral being lost actually precedes the finale when Muzzy tells her story of the "green glass" her lover gave her, and how she accepted him and the glass out of love...and then reveals that they were actually emeralds, and her lover was ''also'' secretly wealthy.
*** The Aesop is at least partially retrieved by Muzzy's summing-up statement: "Even though I really do prefer emeralds, we could have made it on green glass."

* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Creator/JulieAndrews plays Millie, who is from Kansas. Andrews herself uses her normal British speaking voice throughout the film.
* NotWithThemForTheMoney: After Millie has CharacterDevelopment.
* OneManSong: "Jimmy."
* OpiumDen: A front for the white slavery ring.
* PercussiveMaintenance: The elevator works only when you tap dance on it; in fact, the first time, it [[MickeyMousing Mickey Moused]] right into the title number.
* ReallyGetsAround: Muzzy and her international stable of handsome "teachers."
* RelativeError: A major plot point.
* RichBitch: Judith Tremaine.
* TheRoaringTwenties: With the lyrics in the title song giving the year as 1922.
* SecretlyWealthy: [[spoiler:It's the TwistEnding.]]
* ShoutOut: Jimmy climbing the exterior of the building up to Millie's office is a nod to silent comedies, particularly [[Creator/HaroldLloyd Harold Lloyd's]] ''Film/SafetyLast.'' Jimmy's general look, with the round glasses, is also likely modeled on Lloyd.
* SlapSlapKiss: Millie and Jimmy.
* SleepingWithTheBoss: This is the standard way to land a husband, it seems (give or take actual sex): you meet a successful man by becoming his secretary, then he falls in love with you and you get married.
* SlummingIt: Miss Dorothy.
* SmokingIsGlamorous: In the film, Millie sees some Chinese prostitutes doing this, and fails to mimic them properly. This leads to her accidentally [[SpannerInTheWorks blowing up the opium den]] and saving the day.
* {{Socialite}}: Muzzy van Hossmere.
* TitleDrop: Almost.
--> '''Miss Dorothy''': You're a modern!\\
'''Millie''': Thoroughly.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Millie and Dorothy.
** '''[[InsistentTerminology Miss]]''' [[RunningGag Dorothy]].
* TranquillizerDart: The darts work instantly, though the earlier KnockoutGas was not played as straight.
* UnderdressedForTheOccasion: Millie in her plaid day dress at Muzzy's evening party.
* WardrobeWound: Judith Tremaine, when Millie gets soy sauce on her dress at Muzzy's party.
* WealthyEverAfter
* WeddingsForEveryone: [[spoiler: Dorothy and Trevor, along with Jimmy and Millie.]]
* WorkOffTheDebt: Jimmy purposefully neglects to pay for dinner to wash dishes with Millie. This is rather moot when it's revealed that [[spoiler:Jimmy is absurdly rich.]]
* YellowPeril

[[folder:Stage Show Additions]]
* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations
* AltoVillainess: Mrs. Meers.
* BetaCouple: Subverted in the stage version where [[spoiler:it looks like Dorothy and Trevor will hook up, but Dorothy hooks up with one of ThoseTwoGuys instead]].
* BigBeautifulWoman: It's traditional for Miss Flannery to be a heavyset, [[{{Tsundere}} intense]], old-fashioned woman who can still [[{{Acrofatic}} tap dance with the best of them]].
* BigDamnHeroes: When it seems like Mrs. Meers will escape justice in the end, [[spoiler: Bun Foo appears and reveals his ability to speak English, promising to testify against the villain.]] Then, when she [[VillainExitStageLeft tries to run for it]], there's ''another'' of these moments when [[spoiler: the chorus girls in the hotel join forces and capture her.]]
* BookEnds: The musical ends with a hopeful-looking girl who walks onto center stage carrying a suitcase, much like Millie did at the start.
* TheCasanova: Jimmy. He even has a whole number about how his mission in life is to enjoy the company of as many women as possible, rather than settle down.
* ChekhovsSkill: Millie's abilities as a stenographer prove invaluable in the heroes' plan to thwart Mrs. Meers.
* EvilGloating: Mrs. Meers has [[VillainSong a whole song about it]]--"They Don't Know." Towards the end of the musical, she also brags to Bun Foo about how she's tricked him into thinking she'll eventually rescue their mother from Hong Kong, which she never intends to do. [[spoiler: This turns out to be her undoing, as it's revealed that Bun Foo can speak English well enough both to understand her ''and'' testify to her actions in court.]]
* IAmSong: In addition to the title number, the ScreenToStageAdaptation adds "Not for the Life of Me".
* IWantSong: this is ZigZagged with the song "How the Other Half Lives." Millie wants to be rich, and Miss Dorothy [[SlummingIt wants to be poor]]. See also "Gimme Gimme."
* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Her Own Petard]]: [[spoiler: The chorus girls who capture Mrs. Meers use her own knockout gas guns as a way of keeping her from escaping]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: The same few bars of music crop up each time Mrs. Meers tries something "evil" in the musical.
* MeetCute: Unlike in the movie, where Millie and Jimmy were introduced at a "friendship dance," the play opens with Millie [[CrashIntoHello quite literally running into him.]]
* MotorMouth:
-->'''Ruth:''' ''[Rapid fire]'' Well, hello! You're new. You an actress? I'm an actress, but we couldn't be more different, so we'll never be up for the same part, which is a good thing, don'cha think? Ruth Devereaux--my stage name, anyway.
* NotSoAboveItAll: The intimidating Miss Flannery is largely no-nonsense, but even she chimes into the man-hating party in "Forget About the Boy," and joins in with a surprising tap solo.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: In the stage version, it turns out that [[spoiler:Bun Foo can speak English a ''lot'' better than he lets on. So when Mrs. Meers mocks his apparent inability to understand her and gloats about how she'll never save his mother from Hong Kong, he's more than happy later to testify to the crimes she committed.]]
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: [[InUniverse Done intentionally]]. Mrs. Meers does this when she gets frustrated.
* PairTheSpares: Parodied in the stage show, when [[spoiler:Trevor is seemingly the only one left without a love interest...and laments the loss of Millie, who was a fantastic secretary. Bun Foo reveals that he's a great typist, and the two go off together.]]
* PatterSong: "The Speed Test," which is based on the song "My Eyes Are Fully Open" from ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}''.
* PluckyGirl: Millie, especially in the stage version. In case you couldn't tell from the opening number, she drives it home in the "Not for the Life of Me" tag by turning the DarkReprise into TriumphantReprise.
* SignificantAnagram: "Zazu Rosy Schmevmen"
* SouthernBelle: Miss Dorothy, depending on how she is played.
** There's also Ethel Peas, the first girl who we see "disappear,"; she comes from the South and even uses expressions like "Good night!" to express shock.
* TheStinger: At the end of the stage show, Bun Foo and Ching Ho's mother returns to them.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Bun Foo and Ching Ho. In a subversion, Ching Ho ends up affecting the plot pretty heavily on his own.
* VillainSong: "They Don't Know," in which Mrs. Meers [[LargeHam hams it up]] as she describes her evil plans and plots.
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Mrs. Meers is an evil example; her failure as a Broadway actress drove her to a life of crime. Notably, she ''thinks'' she's still a fantastic performer, but her skills are questionable at best.