Mildred Pierce (1945) [IN PROCESS - Information may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies]


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Film Music Structure for Mildred Pierce

Number Scene Type Time Theme Variant Gesture On-screen
1 0:00:00 Signature WB shield and wave effect (wiping out the words on the screen each time it comes in)
2 0:00:10 Transition Top cast and wave effect
3 0:00:23 Mildred A Main title, cast list, and wave effect
4 0:00:52 Mildred B Cast list and wave effect
5 0:01:23 Mildred A Triumphant Cast list and wave effect
6 0:01:37 Mildred A Somber A house on the beach
7 0:01:50 Monte is shot 1 Monte is shot and dies on the ground
8 0:01:59 Mildred A Uneasy View of house and damage from gunshots
9 0:02:15 Mildred A Reflective 1 Mildred walks out onto the dock
10 0:03:05 Mildred A Resolute 1 Mildred's potential suicide is interrupted by a passing cop
11 0:03:59 You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby Mildred meets Wally at a bar
12 0:08:53 Underscoring (Dramatic) Wally looks around the boathouse for Mildred
13 0:08:53 Wally tries to open door Wally tries to open the door
14 0:09:28 Wally goes upstairs Wally ascends the circular staircase
15 0:09:59 Wally knocks on the door Wally knocks on a door
16 0:10:03 Lamp falls Wally knocks over a lamp
17 0:10:06 Murdered Man Wally discovers that Monte has been murdered
18 0:10:16 Phone rings Phone rings
19 0:10:21 Underscoring (Dramatic) Wally tries to escape from the boat house
20 0:10:21 Wally stands up and walks Wally stands up to go to the phone
21 0:10:27 Hesitation Wally hesitates answering the phone, then pulls the plug
22 0:10:32 Wally walks Wally hurriedly walks away
23 0:10:37 Wally sneaks Wally sneaks down the hall
24 0:10:47 Breaks door with chair Wally smashes the glass door with a chair
25 0:10:49 Glass falls The glass door breaks
26 0:11:01 Wally runs Wally runs out of the house and is shot at by the policeman
27 0:11:12 Opens coat Policeman opens Wally's coat to search for a gun
28 0:11:13 Underscoring (Tense) Policemen investigate the scene and question Wally
29 0:12:06 Mildred A Despair Mildred arrives home
30 0:12:43 Mildred A Tense 1 Mildred is led out by the detectives and is told that her husband was murdered
31 Underscoring (Tense)
32 0:13:35 Hall of Justice Mildred enters the Hall of Justice with the agents
33 0:16:07 Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes Cop whistles to himself
34 flashback 0:20:16 Bert Bert and Mildred at home in a flashback scene
35 0:20:16 Flashback starts Flashback to the past
36 0:24:26 Bert Sad Bert and Mildred separate
37 0:25:03 Kay and Veda Kay plays football in the streets with her friends
38 0:25:12 Kay falls Kay falls to the ground
39 0:25:25 Kay and Veda Sentimental Veda leads Kay home
40 0:25:53 Kay and Veda Resolute Veda and Kay arrive at their house
41 0:26:39 Waltz Brilliante Veda plays the piano while she talks with her mother and Kay
42 0:27:21 Waltz Brilliante Veda plays the piano while she talks with her mother and Kay
43 0:28:13 Kay and Veda Slow Mildred watches her children in their room
44 0:28:20 Mildred A Wistful Mildred looks through her over due bills
45 0:28:43 Mildred A Wary Mildred stands up and goes to open the door
46 0:32:04 Mildred A Delicate Mildred walks up the stairs
47 0:32:13 Kay and Veda Bittersweet Mildred and Veda talk about Kay
48 0:32:32 Kay and Veda Coy Veda talks to her mother
49 0:32:38 Mildred A Coy 1 Veda fantasizes about Mildred marrying Wally to get nice things and a new house
50 0:32:58 Mildred A Dark 1 Mildred breaks up Veda's fantasy
51 0:33:08 Kay and Veda Precarious Veda lies and says she is happy as long as she is with her mother
52 0:33:23 Mildred A Determined Mildred resolves to give her daughter nice things
53 0:33:37 Kay and Veda Hopeful 1 Veda talks with her mother and she shuts off the light
54 0:34:05 Mildred A Desperate Mildred looks for a job
55 0:36:12 Work Mildred works as a waitress
56 0:36:42 Mildred A Hopeful Mildred is succeeding at her work
57 0:36:57 Underscoring (Comical) Mildred's maid in the kitchen
58 0:37:17 Work Opening 2 Montage of working, singing, and dancing
59 0:37:19 Ad-Lib Singing Veda sings during her lessons
60 0:37:36 South American Way Veda plays the piano and sings while Kay sings and dances to The South American Way
61 0:38:47 Mazurka in B-Flat Major, Op. 7, No. 1 Veda plays a Chopin Mazurka on the piano
62 0:39:07 Underscoring (Tense) Mildred argues with her daughter Veda
63 0:39:22 Mildred A Turbulent 1 They argue some more and Mildred slaps her
64 0:39:22 Mildred raises Veda Mildred lifts her daughter up by the arm
65 Mildred B Vengeful 1
66 flashback 0:39:37 Mildred A Regretful Mildred is sad that she slapped Veda
67 0:40:09 Kay and Veda Temporary Respite Veda asks if they are going to be rich
68 NIF Kay and Veda Troubled 1 NIF
69 NIF Kay and Veda NIF
70 NIF Mildred A NIF
71 NIF Mazurka in B-Flat Major, Op. 7, No. 1 NIF
72 NIF Underscoring (Lyrical) NIF
73 NIF Mildred A NIF
74 NIF Underscoring (Light) NIF
75 flashback 0:42:35 Excitement Mildred is excited about seeing the property for the restaurant
76 0:42:43 Work Excitement Mildred and Wally talk about the property and leave
77 0:42:49 Beach House They drive up to the beach house
78 0:42:58 Walking Mildred and Wally walk to the house
79 0:48:03 Bert Pensive Mildred looks on then we see a shot of Mildred's new restaurant
80 0:48:16 Work Thoughtful Mildred cleans a chandelier and Monte walks in
81 0:49:40 First Kiss Monte steals a kiss from Mildred
82 0:49:48 Walking Romantic Driving to the beach house
83 0:50:47 Disrobes Monte takes off Mildred's robe
84 0:50:49 Bathing Suit Monte looks at Mildred in her bathing suit
85 Mildred A Frolicking
86 flashback 0:51:01 Frolicking in the Surf Monte and Mildred run to the ocean
87 0:51:11 Waves Waves crash onto the beach
88 0:51:16 It Can't Be Wrong Monte plays a song on a record as Mildred sits by the fireside
89 0:54:01 Kay and Veda Dark Bert tells Mildred that Kay is sick and they rush off
90 0:54:14 Bert Dark Bert and Mildred rush off to see Kay
91 0:54:25 Pneumonia A doctor works on Kay
92 0:55:05 Kay and Veda Winding Down Kay's family waits and watches
93 0:55:24 Pneumonia Hopeless A doctor works on Kay
94 0:56:07 Mildred A Tragic Mildred kisses Kay and mourns her death
95 0:56:34 Kay and Veda Sad Veda and Mildred mourn together
96 0:56:57 Kay and Veda Distressed Mildred remembers Kay's last words
97 0:57:26 Work Distracted View of Mildred's restaurant
98 0:57:37 T'Ain't No Good Mildred works at the opening of her restaurant
99 0:59:47 While You're Away Opening night at Mildred's restaurant
100 Excitement Success
101 flashback 1:01:42 Work Success People working in Mildred's restaurant
102 1:01:42 Order wheel spins Restaurant order wheel spins
103 1:01:54 Please Think of Me Monte works with Veda
104 1:03:41 Mildred A Sorrow Monte asks about Kay
105 1:04:11 It Can't Be Wrong Romantic Monte kisses Mildred
106 1:04:21 It Can't Be Wrong Troubled Bert interrupts Mildred and Monte's kiss
107 1:04:43 Bert Regretful Bert tells Mildred about the divorce
108 1:05:35 Breaks glass Bert slaps the glass out of Monte's hand
109 1:05:36 It Can't Be Wrong Uneasy Bert walks out mad
110 1:05:49 Flashback ends Screen wipe to the present day
111 1:07:59 Flashback starts Flashback to the past
112 1:07:59 Work Opening 3 Montage of restaurants
113 1:08:09 Mildred A Busy Mildred smiling
114 1:08:14 Polo Veda at a polo match
115 1:08:28 How Sweet You Are Veda dances at a party while Mildred and Monte talk
116 1:09:27 Underscoring (Subtle) Veda looks at Monte's bills
117 1:13:21 Kay and Veda Excited Veda walks out and drives away
118 1:13:49 Kay and Veda Troubled 2 Veda tells Monte to not interfere with Veda
119 1:14:37 Mildred A Resentful Veda and Monte argue
120 1:14:53 Underscoring (Tense) Veda and Monte argue
121 1:15:25 It Can't Be Wrong Angry Veda and Monte argue
122 NIF Underscoring (Tense)
123 flashback 1:15:56 It Can't Be Wrong Regretful Mildred watches Monte leave
124 1:16:01 You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby Wally and Veda talk in a restaurant
125 flashback; transition 1:18:21 Mildred A Disbelief Mildred walks out after an argument with Mrs. Forester
126 flashback 1:18:28 Underscoring (Tense) Veda tells her mother she is married
127 1:19:11 Kay and Veda Stuck Veda talks to her mother
128 1:19:18 Mildred A Coy 2 Mildred talks to Veda
129 1:19:37 Mildred A Comforting Wally agrees with Veda
130 1:21:34 Kay and Veda Mocking Veda mocks her ex-husband for believing that she was pregnant
131 1:22:22 Kay and Veda Tense 1 Veda and her mother argue
132 1:22:43 Kay and Veda Ominous 1 Veda argues with her mother
133 1:23:00 Mildred A Turbulent 2 Veda expresses her disgust of her mother and the town they live in
134 Mildred B Vengeful 2
135 flashback 1:23:23 Mildred A Rising Tension Veda expresses her disgust of her mother and the town they live in then walks away
136 1:23:38 Mildred B Vengeful 3 Mildred tears up the check and Veda slaps her
137 1:23:44 Stunned Reaction Mildred is stunned and angry
138 1:24:04 Mildred A Dramatic Veda runs upstairs in anger
139 1:24:15 Rushing train Mildred travels
140 1:27:46 Oceana Roll Veda sings the Oceana Roll on stage at the restaurant
141 1:29:05 Sweet Georgia Brown Band plays some jazz
142 1:30:25 It Had to Be You Mildred and Veda talk
143 1:30:44 Work Opening 4 Montage of Mildred and Monte's marriage
144 1:30:44 Glasses clink Mildred and Monte clink glasses together
145 1:37:06 Bert Hesitant Bert talks with Mildred in her new house
146 1:38:02 Mildred stands and walks to window Mildred stands up and goes to the window
147 1:38:10 Kay and Veda Joyful Mildred looks out the window and watches Veda
148 1:38:50 Mildred A Loving Mildred and her daughter embrace and make up
149 1:39:33 Bert Grateful Mildred calls for Bert
150 1:39:47 Kay and Veda Hopeful 2 Bert is happy to see Veda
151 1:42:42 It Can't Be Wrong Shaken Mildred learns that Monte has betrayed her and cashed out of the business
152 1:43:19 Mildred A Angry Mildred calls home to talk to Monte
153 1:43:38 Hopes Crushed Mildred realizes Monte has run away with money from the company
154 1:44:02 Mildred A Revenge Mildred drives to the beach house
155 1:44:09 Flashback 2 Mildred's flashback comes to an end
156 1:44:37 Kay and Veda Shock Veda is brought in by the police
157 1:44:53 Mildred A Coy 3 Mildred tells Veda not to confess
158 1:45:09 Mildred A Dark 2 Mildred realizes that she cannot save her daughter
159 flashback 1:45:20 Mildred B Twist Mildred walks into the beach house
160 1:45:25 Mildred A Horror Mildred walks downstairs
161 1:45:37 Underscoring (Tense) Mildred finds Veda and Monte kissing
162 1:46:05 Kay and Veda Tense 2 Veda reveals that she is in love with Monte and that he will leave her mother for Veda
163 1:46:05 Mildred B Disbelief Veda reveals that she is in love with Monte and that he will leave her mother for Veda
164 1:46:43 Mildred A Reflective 2 Mildred runs away and Monte starts arguing with Veda
165 Mildred A Resolute 2
166 flashback 1:47:11 Mildred A Yearning Mildred tries to start her car
167 1:47:28 Monte is shot 2 Monte is shot and dies on the ground
168 flashback 1:47:42 Kay and Veda Ominous 2 Mildred rushes in to check on Veda
169 1:48:06 Mildred B Vengeful 4 Veda confesses to Mildred
170 1:48:22 Kay and Veda Troubled 3 Veda pleads for help to escape
171 1:48:41 Mildred A Tense 2 Mildred calls the police
172 1:48:54 Underscoring (Tense) Mildred decides whether or not to report her daughter
173 1:49:17 Kay and Veda Loving Veda convinces her mother to not report her
174 1:49:37 Kay and Veda Sorrow Veda is led out by the police
175 1:50:07 Mildred A Thoughtful The agent helps Mildred with her coat and she leaves with Bert