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for the ages..and the ageist.
yesterday ..a movie starring two people who were respected ..award winning talents. today.. based on looks alone neither one would be allowed to play a watered down.. chumped out ..old fart in an insipid.. ham assed.. teen knows best..schmoo fest.
min and bill
- kevin sellers
I'm always blown away when I'm told that Marie Dressler, who had the body and general air of a stolid peasant in a Soviet bread line, was the leading female box office star of the early 1930s. How could this be? Was it that Hollywood in the early days of sound had not yet succumbed to the cult of Glamorous? Yet, if that were so then how to account for the popularity of beauties of the silent screen, like Louise Brooks and Lilian Gish? Or was it simply the sheer force of Dressler's acting? For whatever reason...maybe the gravely voice, maybe the piercing eyes, maybe the set angry mouth that will often crinkle into a smile, or maybe a combination of the three... when Dressler's on screen you don't get up to get a snack or engage in chit chat with your neighbor. Anyway, this movie is a showcase for this fine actress' talents. Playing a waterfront innkeeper named Min, Dressler etches an unforgettable portrait of a strong, suffering, loving, passionate, tragic figure. However, there is no getting around the fact that her performance is pretty much the only thing that keeps this film afloat (good metaphor for a waterfront movie, huh?) The other characters are not as well developed, with Wallace Beery, as a previous reviewer mentioned, pretty much just along for the ride. (i.e. His character's fairly superfluous), and the first forty five minutes kind of rambling and unfocused, with not very successful attempts at physical comedy from director George Hill. Things do tighten up considerably in the last twenty minutes, though, and that final shot of Dressler, the tiniest of victorious smiles playing on her face as she's led away by the cops, is indelible. Give it a B.
- Stella W.
I saw Marie in "Dinner At Eight" and she was fantastic (they ALL were), so I went looking for more. "Min and Bill" knocked my socks off. The bulk of it is comedy - quips, a corny out-of-control boat scene, and a hysterical knockdown dragout fight scene when she catches Bill (Wallace Beery) baiting his hook for another woman. All in all, it looked predictable, and I anticipated a funny little feelgood ending. This wasn't the case. The last bit was a total genre-jump and the ULTIMATE tough trip. If you haven't seen it, DO NOT GOOGLE A PLOT SYNOPSIS. Watch this thing. In the final scenes, Marie doesn't speak a word. She communicates everything with facial expressions that must have been honed with decades of stage acting and silent movies. She got an Oscar for Best Actress for this. I imagine it was the easiest decision they ever made.
I stumbled upon the last 15 minutes of this film but I found myself hooked on watching to the end by the sheer force of character Marie Dressler brought to this role as 'Min'. This was like seeing a REAL character come to life on the screen with sorrow, pain, hurt, delight, anger, sadness all remarkably reflected by Dressler's impressive face on the screen. From the scenes I saw, Ms. Dressler well deserved an academy award for this performance.
Min & Bill
- Dashiell B.
A cheesy drama with an unforgettable duo. Dressler won the Oscar as Best Actress as a hard-boiled innkeeper who with Beery's fisherman raise an abondoned girl. Quick-paced story is sentimental throughout, with instances of light humour and action. A good film to see from time-to-time. I give it a 3.5/5.
An Observer's Review of Min and Bill
- Jared Wyatt
I think that this film is a delightful dramedy classic filled with hilarious comedy between a terrific duo Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery and drama keeping their secret over their daughter. I think Marie Dressler so deserved the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1931 for this film
Min and Bill (1930)
- Jay Higgins
A delightful classic, Marie Dressler, as always is wonderful. It balances drama and comedy very well. Great supporting cast. Well produced.
"Min Bill" on DVD
- Jeffrey Kenison
I say this movie should be on DVD. I do like Marie Dressler (who won an Academy Award) and Wallace Beery.
Frances Marion Keeper
- Jarrod McDonald
Famed Hollywood screenwriter (who helped revive Marie Dressler's career) gives us Min and Bill and their unconventional daughter in this fun tale of waterfront impropriety. Other reviewers have noted that it is Marie's movie, and more about Min, than Wallace Beery's Bill. I agree on some level, because it certainly is a woman's film and comments on all of her relationships, from customers to family to law enforcement and school personnel. Granted, the plot is a bit prodding in the beginning, and the comic bits seem to play like tangents that keep the film from reaching its more serious moments. So, it's a combination of early sitcom and social melodrama. But for those who decide to stick with it, Marion's script offers plenty of reward (and so does Dressler's academy award winning performance). This would be a good film to pair with the 1930s version of 'Anne of Green Gables' and the original 'Stella Dallas' entry with Barbara Stanwyck. And if we're going to focus on Marion's brilliant writing career, it would be a good counter-piece to her earlier 'The Champ,' also featuring Wallace Beery.
- Renea CooperSmith
When does the movie play again on tcm?I want to be sure to invite all my friends to a movie party and watch this wonderful movie.
Min and Bill
- polly hopkins
Loved this movie - great story of self sacrifice and love