While in the midst of shooting HUMORESQUE, Crawford was awarded the Oscar for MILDRED PIERCE and what was a smallish role was suddenly expanded to make it a full-fledged co-starring part with Garfield. With her favorite cameraman behind the lenses (Haller), Crawford never looked more
ravishing nor was her acting ever any more controlled. This was made long before she decided that the scenery might be suitable for chewing, and her restraint, in what could have been an over-the-top role, was admirable. Adapted from Fannie Hurst's tearjerker (which had already been made as a
silent film in 1920), the Odets-Gold screenplay crackles with wit (most of which comes from th...