Episode 14: Thoroughly Modern Millie

Thoroughly Modern Millie

So adorable you might even forgive the White Slavery plot.

For this week’s episode, Windy bends Mike and Vinnie’s brains with THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE.  An all-star cast made this movie a hit at the time, but it has since vanished into cinema obscurity – resurfacing as a hit Broadway musical in 2000!

Starring the inimitable Dame Julie Andrews, along with Mary Tyler Moore, and Carol Channing, this movie has pedigree to spare (check out the director’s other credits, for a start). Julie gets a chance to truly strut her comedic inclinations, with everybody else in the cast joining in the silliness 1000%. There’s a lot of high energy zaniness, which is necessary to distract from the really problematic racial stereotypes and white slavery plot elements.  Yes.  You read that right.

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Seriously? Who thought THAT was a good idea?

Still, the comedic bones were strong enough to support a Tony-award-winning stage musical, which launched the career of Sutton Foster.

Sutton Foster in the opening number “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

It’s not banana oil to say there’s a lot of entertainment to be found in this forgotten gem. Take a listen to our episode, and then take a look for yourself!

Thoroughly Modern Millie

“Just load those uncomfortable racial stereotypes into the back of the truck.”

Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
Thoroughly Modern Millie poster Rating: 6.9/10 (6,975 votes)
Director: George Roy Hill
Writer: Richard Morris
Stars: Julie Andrews, James Fox, Mary Tyler Moore
Runtime: 138 min
Rated: G
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Released: 22 Mar 1967
Plot: In New York City during the Roaring Twenties, would-be flapper Millie Dillmount's self-appointed mission to marry her boss is complicated by white slavers and true love.

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