Thoroughly Modern Millie

Thoroughly Modern Millie

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Director: George Roy Hill

Cast: George Roy Hill, Julie Andrews, James Fox, Mary Tyler Moore

     
 

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George Roy Hill directed this original musical set the 1920s that mixes pop standards with new tunes written by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen. Julie Andrews, in a role that recalls her Broadway triumph in The Boy Friend, stars as Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York is search of a secretarial job and an unattached boss. She moves into a hotel for women,See more details below

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George Roy Hill directed this original musical set the 1920s that mixes pop standards with new tunes written by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen. Julie Andrews, in a role that recalls her Broadway triumph in The Boy Friend, stars as Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York is search of a secretarial job and an unattached boss. She moves into a hotel for women, run by kindly Mrs. Meers (Beatrice Lillie), and she befriends the pretty, petite orphan Dorothy Brown (Mary Tyler Moore). Millie finds work with the handsome bachelor Trevor Graydon (John Gavin), but Trevor has his eyes on Dorothy. So too does Mrs. Meers, who despite her kindly exterior is actually an unscrupulous white slaver. Paper clip salesman Jimmy Smith (James Fox), on the other hand, pledges his undying love to Millie. One day, after attending a weekend party being given at the opulent Long Island mansion of Muzzy Van Hossmere (Carol Channing), Dorothy disappears. When Jimmy and Millie smell opium in Dorothy's room, they realize the awful truth about Mrs. Meers. Trying to rescue Dorothy and find the location of Mrs. Meers' hideout, Jimmy disguises himself as an orphaned woman and tries to get himself kidnapped. The scheme backfires, however, and Mrs. Meers drugs and kidnaps both Jimmy and Trevor. It is left to Millie to find the white slavers, free her friends from bondage and save the day.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
This musical spoof of the roaring '20s has gone overlooked, but when it was released in 1967, it was a box-office hit and earned seven Academy award nominations. The cast is excellent, featuring the flamboyant theatrics of Carol Channing, the good-natured dance numbers of Mary Tyler Moore, and Julie Andrews in an infrequent occasion where she brings her incredible talents to a fluffy, non-serious film. Overblown and overlong, the narrative is just an excuse to fill time in between the production numbers. It also contains some of the era's more negative Asian stereotypes (featuring a young Pat Morita as "Oriental #2") along with a bizarrely lighthearted white-slavery story line. For fans of the genre, however, Thoroughly Modern Millie is an effective musical with ridiculous plot twists, a romantic ending, and a score from Andre Previn and Elmer Bernstein. Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen provide some memorable songs, including "I'm Sitting on Top of the World," "Jazz Baby," and the title tune. The main reason to see Thoroughly Modern Millie is for the outrageous costumes and over-the-top theatrics, if you can tolerate the farcical story line.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/1992
UPC:
0096885502838
Original Release:
1967
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julie Andrews Millie Dillmount
James Fox Jimmy Smith
Mary Tyler Moore Dorothy Brown
Carol Channing Muzzy Van Hossmere
John Gavin Trevor Graydon
Beatrice Lillie Mrs. Meers
Jack Soo Oriental #1
Philip Ahn Tee
Anthony Dexter Juarez
Lou Nova Cruncher
Victor Rogers Gregory Huntley
Lisabeth Hush Judith Tremaine
Herbie Faye Taxi Driver
Benny Rubin Waiter
Mae Clarke Woman in the Office
Buddy Schwab Dorothy's Dance Partner
Jay Thompson Pianist
Albert Carrier Adrian Huntley
Michael St. Clair Baron Richter
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita Oriental #2

Technical Credits
George Roy Hill Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Howard Bristol Set Decoration/Design
Sammy Cahn Score Composer
Joseph E. Gershenson Score Composer
Stuart Gilmore Editor
Douglas Green Asst. Director
Ross Hunter Producer
Joe Layton Choreography
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Richard Morris Screenwriter
André Previn Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
James VanHeusen Score Composer
George C. Webb Production Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup

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