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Millie is a 1931 film directed by John Francis Dillon starring the exotically named Helen Twelvetrees.

Millie is a fun-loving young woman who gets married to wealthy college student Jack Maitland. Three years go by, and the sparks have gone out of Millie and Jack's relationship, but they have a daughter, Connie. When Millie finds out that her husband is having an affair she leaves him. Millie refuses alimony, vowing to never be dependent on a man again. But she doesn't want to deprive Connie of the Maitland millions, so she leaves her daughter with Jack.

Millie gets a job at a hotel, and finds romance again with Tommy, a reporter, while fighting off the attentions of Jimmy Damier, the rich banker. When Millie finds out that Tommy is also cheating on her, she casts all morality behind, and dedicates herself to partying and hedonism.

Fast forward eight more years, and Millie's a party girl approaching middle age. She gets some disturbing news: her daughter Connie, now 16 years old, is being romanced by a man old enough to be her grandfather—Millie's old boyfriend Jimmy Damier.

Joan Blondell plays Millie's friend Angie.


  • Ambiguously Gay: Helen and Angie, and it isn't all that ambiguous. They are first seen sharing a bed, in lingerie. Further dialogue reveals that they went on a vacation together. When Angie the Gold Digger lands a rich husband, Helen drowns her sorrows in alcohol along with Millie.
  • Amusement Park: Jack takes Millie to one when they're courting.
  • As You Know: Some rather inartful dialogue in the opening scene from the college boys, indicating that Millie's father is dead and she has no one to look after her.
  • Bathroom Stall of Overheard Insults: Millie enters the Wondrous Ladies Room only to hear another woman making catty comments about her. The other woman then reveals to Millie that Tommy has another girlfriend.
  • But Liquor Is Quicker: Jimmy the sleazebag pours Connie a drink in an obvious effort to loosen her up for sex.
  • Chick Flick: Female protagonist disappointed and betrayed by a succession of men, until she sacrifies herself for the welfare of her daughter.
  • Dirty Old Man: Jimmy is just a garden-variety playboy when he's trying to get with Millie. But he definitely crosses the line eight years later when he's trying to have sex with 16-year-old Connie, who has to be a good 40 years younger than he is. She calls him "Uncle Jimmy", which just makes it grosser.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Millie and Helen get drunk together after Mille finds out about Tommy's infidelity and Angie gets engaged.
  • Fiery Redhead: It's a black-and-white movie, but Helen says "I'm a red-headed woman, look out for me" when dedicating herself to a life of debauchery after breaking up with Tommy.
  • Gay Best Friend: Helen and Angie for Millie, assuming the coding of Helen and Angie as lesbians.
  • Gold Digger: Helen and Angie preach the doctrine of bleeding men for money, and they're horrified when Millie turns down alimony from Maitland. Angie eventually lands a rich husband, much to Helen's sorrow.
  • Kimono Fanservice: Damier gives Connie a kimono—or a "Mandarin coat", that is—as part of his effort to seduce her.
  • Mama Bear: What does Millie do when she finds out that her old boyfriend is trying to deflower her daughter? She gets a gun, that's what.
  • Really Gets Around: Millie pretty much devotes herself to this as a lifestyle after twice being betrayed by men.
  • Time Skip: Three years to find Millie in an unhappy marriage. Eight years to get to the third act with teenaged Connie.