Bitches on film-Veda Pierce

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We begin our “bitches on film” with Veda Pierce, the actual inspiration for this series.

Veda Pierce was played by Ann Blyth in the noir Joan Crawford 1945 film “Mildred Pierce”.  Joan Crawford plays the title role and Ann plays Veda, the daughter.  “Mildred Pierce” follows Joan as a woman left by her husband and penniless.  She starts waitressing to make ends meet and works her way up to owning her own restaurant.  Through her tireless hard work and endless hours at the restaurant she amasses a considerable amount of money.  Mildred lavishes her daughter with the good life and everything a young girl could want.

“I couldn’t get Justin Bieber for your sweet 16 party, I’m sorry honey”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you might have already expected, Veda is a grateful child and adores her mother; no of course she isn’t/doesn’t.  Throughout the history of spoiled children you never see good things come of giving an immature human being everything they ask for.  As the film moves along Veda becomes increasingly demanding and belittles her mother.  Veda has no problem using her Mum’s hard earned cash, but takes every chance she has to make fun of Mildred’s vocation and humble past.  Things go from bad to worse when Veda fakes a pregnancy to extort $10,000 from a young rich heir and his family (keep in mind, that’s $10,000 1945 dollars, that’s at least eleventy billion today dollars).  When the cheque arrives and Veda triumphantly announces she was never pregnant, Mildred tears up the cheque and gives Veda a well deserved slap in the face.

“But Mumsy, why else would God give me a uterus if not to use it for extortion?  It’s just a perk of being a woman!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Veda responds to being slapped perfectly reasonably by running away and becoming a night club singer (the 1945 equivalent of being a stripper) .  Mildred, ever the sucker for punishment, tracks down her bitchy offspring and begs her to come home.  Veda agrees on the condition she can live a life of luxury.  Mildred accommodates Veda by marrying a wealthy man she does not love.  Of course things get progressively worse and the new husband is shot dead, poor Mildred is on the hook for murder.

Did Mildred shoot her new husband?  Perhaps she was fed up with the sop living off her hard earned cash?  Or MAYBE Veda is not only a bitch, she’s a whore too!  That’s right, Veda had her designs on mummy’s man and had plans to get as much money as she could out of the pair of them, there was a tussle and BANG, Veda shoots her paycheck.  As if this wasn’t bad enough, she knows her mother is on the hook for the crime and is going to let her take the fall! In fact, she expects her mother to take the fall, why not?  Mildred has done everything else for Veda.

Thankfully the police in 1945 are good at their job and quickly figure out that Mildred couldn’t have done the deed and haul Veda off to prison.

“You can’t call me the ‘C’ word, it’s 1945!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
There are very few bitches on film as bad as Veda Pierce.  If you choose to watch Mildred Pierce, don’t watch it on an expensive television because you will spend the whole movie trying to slap the screen.

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One response »

  1. I love your commentary on this film. I adore this movie and like you said, I spend the whole time trying to slap the screen. You couldn’t have picked a more perfect person for your “Bitches on Film” series! I knew you were a girl after my own heart.

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