Min and Bill
|Min and Bill|
1962 re-release poster
|Directed by||George W. Hill|
|Produced by||George W. Hill|
|Written by||Frances Marion
|Based on||Dark Star
by Lorna Moon
|Edited by||Basil Wrangell|
|Release date(s)||November 29, 1930|
|Running time||66 minutes|
|Box office||$2 million|
The movie tells the story of dockside innkeeper Min's tribulations as she tries to protect the innocence of her adopted daughter Nancy, all while loving and fighting with boozy fisherman Bill, who resides at the inn.
Min and Bill stars Marie Dressler (Min), Wallace Beery (Bill), Dorothy Jordan (Nancy), and Marjorie Rambeau (Bella, Nancy's ill-reputed mother), and was directed by George W. Hill. Dressler won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1931 for her performance in this film.
This film was such a runaway hit that it and its near-sequel Tugboat Annie, which reteamed Dressler and Beery in similar roles, boosted both to superstar status. Dressler topped Quigley Publications' annual Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll of movie exhibitors in 1933, and the two pairings with Dressler were primarily responsible for Beery becoming MGM's highest paid actor in the early 1930s, before Clark Gable took over that crown; Beery had a clause in his 1932 contract that he be paid a dollar per year more than any other actor on the lot.
- Marie Dressler as Min Divot
- Wallace Beery as Bill
- Dorothy Jordan as Nancy Smith
- Marjorie Rambeau as Bella Pringle
- Donald Dillaway as Dick Cameron
- DeWitt Jennings as Mr Groot
- Russell Hopton as Alec Johnson
- Frank McGlynn as Mr Southard
- Gretta Gould as Mrs Southard
In popular culture
Jack Kerouac, in On the Road, has his protagonist-narrator Sal Paradise compare Dean Moriarity and his second wife Camille to Min and Bill. Kerouac does not explain the reference, but it would be understood by contemporary readers that he was signaling that the couple had a contentious but affectionate relationship, with Dean the weak, ne'er-do-well and Camille the heart and soul of the relationship.
At Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, homage to Min and Bill is paid in the form of a counter service restaurant. Min and Bill's Dockside Diner is in the shape of Bill's fishing trawler, and "floats" in Echo Lake near the center of the park.
The film made a profit of $731,000.
- "WHICH CINEMA FILMS HAVE EARNED THE MOST MONEY SINCE 1914?.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 4 March 1944. p. 3 Supplement: The Argus Weekend magazine. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
- Scott Eyman, Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer, Robson, 2005 p 191
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