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Allotment Wives(1945)

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  • Re: Don's comments

    • Jarrod McDonald
    • 7/15/14

    If you click on the Original Print Info for each film, you will see that MILDRED PIERCE was released after ALLOTMENT WIVES was filmed. MP didn't premiere until late September '45; and AW had already finished production back in July. There is no record that additional scenes were shot between September and December, before AW was released, to support the claim that this film copied the other one. I think it is a coincidence that both stories had similar scenes. And for years, films had featured mother-daughter conflicts, so this is not too unlikely when you think about it. Often, ALLOTMENT WIVES is lauded for being a grittier noir than MILDRED PIERCE. But it's easy to be a fan of both films.

  • So very familliarf.

    • Don Letta
    • 1/14/14

    I love this film. However I must admit, the scene with Kay fighting with her daughter was a direct lift from MILDRED PIERCE. Kay Francis and Teala Loring or Joan Ctrawford and Ann Blyth...virtually interchangeable.Even the hair-do's matched. There are several similar lifts from earlier 1945 films found here, but I find it a charming nod to better films, and as a result, this little quickie comes out smelling like a rose. Probably saved by its interesting subject matter, Alottment Wives still stands up without caving half-way through. Of course, Kay's hats help, too.

  • Female Gangster-WOW!

    • Sonya Nunnally
    • 10/30/13

    I watched this movie a few times and still love it! I'm trying to find the DVD to buy for my sister. She would enjoy this movie. Kay Francis was one stylish woman in control.

  • Excellent B- Movie

    • Darrell
    • 9/26/08

    I finally saw "Allotment Wives" thanks to TCM's tribute to Kay Francis. I thought it was wonderful. The theme of the movie was unlike anything Ms. Francis had ever done before and the cast was wonderful. I hope that it is shown again and people can see Kay in one of her final movie glories.

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