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Min and Bill

Released Nov 29, 1930 1h 6m Comedy Drama List
Reviews 48% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Min (Marie Dressler) runs a rundown hotel on the waterfront. With the help of her boyfriend, Bill (Wallace Beery), Min brings up Nancy, who was abandoned by her mother, Bella (Marjorie Rambeau), as a baby. The couple contend with city officials who proclaim Min unfit for mothering. Over the years, Min saves diligently to send Nancy to boarding school -- and when Nancy meets a wealthy young man who proposes, Bella abruptly returns, threatening Nancy in an attempt to benefit from her good fortune. Read More Read Less

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Nathanael Hood Unseen Films [Marie Dressler gives] a powerful, heart-breaking performance that belongs in a better film. Rated: 5/10 May 28, 2020 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Marie Dressler won the Best Actress Oscar for this MGM film, which was a huge hit, turning her and Wallace Beery into Hollywood's most popular stars in the early 1930s. Rated: B- Nov 21, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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Louisa E I think the movie was cute with a great twist. The writing/dialogue is really good and funny. I'm very impressed with the director as the interactions and conversations seem very real. It was heartwarming but also shocking. A memorable film. For a comedy, it sure got dark! I love Marie Dressler. There is just something about her. Wallace is cute too. The girl is good but feels too old for the role. Did Marie almost call Bella by her real name Marjorie in the fight scene? The special effects were terrible by today's standards. The set designs were beautiful and intricate. The costumes were good at portraying rough times really well, with safety pins and holes. What with the hat in the school admittance scene though? Wowsers! I want the bull perfume dispenser in my home, stat. This should have been nominated over Trader Horn for Best Picture! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/08/23 Full Review brad h Very underrated film. Good lead performances. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member The film was a runaway hit and earned Marie Dressler an Oscar for Best Acrtress in 1931. Dressler and Wallace Beery were a great pair. This along with the sequel Tugboat, launched Dressler and Beery to superstar status. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review steve d Perhaps good in its day? Ridiculous now. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review david l Min and Bill is a bit too short in runtime and overly melodramatic in some sequences, but the titular character interactions are amusing, the final scene is quite emotional, the movie is endearing throughout and it benefits from a strong turn from Wallace Beery and a particularly terrific, wonderful performance from Marie Dressler who entirely deserved her Oscar for this great role. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review jona i Nice gags for 1930. Well-defined characters. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Min (Marie Dressler) runs a rundown hotel on the waterfront. With the help of her boyfriend, Bill (Wallace Beery), Min brings up Nancy, who was abandoned by her mother, Bella (Marjorie Rambeau), as a baby. The couple contend with city officials who proclaim Min unfit for mothering. Over the years, Min saves diligently to send Nancy to boarding school -- and when Nancy meets a wealthy young man who proposes, Bella abruptly returns, threatening Nancy in an attempt to benefit from her good fortune.
Director
George W. Hill
Distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 29, 1930, Original
Release Date (DVD)
Jun 15, 2009
Runtime
1h 6m