Thoroughly Modern Millie

Film, Drama
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Patchy but lively musical following in the wake of Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend (though more movie-oriented in its terms of reference) and gently guying the era of the flapper, the Charleston, and the raccoon coat as Julie Andrews sallies forth from Kansas to the Big Apple in search of spouse, success and sophistication à la mode. Nicely acted by a reliable cast (Bea Lillie's white-slave-trading landlady is a delight), while the selection of standards and new songs is listenable enough, but the film is far too long for its own good.

By: GA

Release details

Duration: 138 mins

Cast and crew

Director: George Roy Hill
Screenwriter: Richard Morris
Cast: Julie Andrews
Mary Tyler Moore
Beatrice Lillie
James Fox
John Gavin
Carol Channing
Jack Soo
Philip Ahn

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3.8 / 5

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Set in 1920’s New York, TMM tells the tale of determined small town Millie Dillmount’s move to the Big Apple – in search of both a job, and a husband. With a set of new clothes, smartly bobbed hair, tight brassiere (so that her beads hang straight), Millie sees her role at interviews as the one who decides who’s lucky enough to employ her. Add to that the goings on at The Pricilla Hotel (for young ladies) where Millie lives, and where Mrs Meers is abducting the residents and shipping them off to the white slave trade, and you have an excellent tongue-in-cheek movie. In addition to the exceptional cast of Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, and Bea Lilly, the score’s adapted by Andre Previn – and it’s superb. And who can forget the elevator at the hotel that won’t work unless you dance in it? One of my favourite movies, and to my mind probably Julie Andrews best movie.