Joan Crawford won an Academy Award for her bravura portrayal of the titular heroine in Mildred Pierce. The original James M. Cain novel concerns a wife and mother who works her way to financial security to provide a rosy future for her beloved daughter, but encounters difficulties and tragedies along the way. Ranald McDougall's screenplay tones down the sexual content, enhancing its film noir value by adding a sordid murder. The film opens with oily lounge lizard Monte Beragon (Zachary Scott) being pumped full of bullets. Croaking out the name "Mildred", he collapses and dies. Both the police and the audience are led to believe that the murderer is chain-restaurant entrepreneur Mildred Pierce (Crawford), who takes the time to relate some of her sordid history. As the flashback begins, we see Mildred unhappily married to philandering Bert Pierce (Bruce Bennett). She divorces him, keeping custody of her two beloved daughters, Veda (Ann Blyth) and Kay (Jo Anne Marlowe). To keep oldest daughter Veda in comparative luxury, Mildred ends up taking a waitressing position at a local restaurant. With the help of slimy real estate agent Wally Fay (Jack Carson), she eventually buys her own establishment, which grows into a chain of restaurants throughout Southern California. Meanwhile, Mildred smothers Veda in affection and creature comforts. She goes so far as to enter into a loveless marriage with the wealthy Monty Beragon in order to improve her social standing; Beragon repays the favor by living the life of a layabout playboy, much to Mildred's dismay -- and possible financial ruin.~Hal Erickson
Excert from a 1970 episode of The David Frost Show featuring actor Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star, a 2002 feature-length documentary
New 4k digital restoration
New conversation with critics Molly Haskell and Robert Polito
Plus: An essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith
Q&A with actor Ann Blyth from 2002, conducted by film historian Eddie Muller
Segment from a 1969 episode of the Today show featuring Mildred Pierce novelist James M. Cain
Mildred Pierce is one of those, once in a lifetime cinematic treasures. Joan Crawford, Ann Blyth, Jack Carson, etc. an unforgettable cast, with an unforgettable story. Be transported to the weary, mysterious world of Mildred Pierce. Learn from her mistakes and her wisdom, and share this gem of a movie with all your family and friends!
This review is from Mildred Pierce [DVD] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great movie and looks prestine on criterion bluray
The film of course is amazing, Joan Crawford definitely earned the Oscar, but this new restoration is awesome. Not one bit of debris or film shake on the entire film. A wonderful upgrade of original dvd release.