|Min and Bill|
|Director:||George W. Hill|
|Producer:||George W. Hill|
|Internet Movie Database entry 0021148|
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 smash 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.
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.
Marie Dressler ... Min Divot, Inkeeper
Wallace Beery ... Bill, a Fisherman
Dorothy Jordan ... Nancy Smith
Marjorie Rambeau ... Bella Pringle
Don Dillaway ... Dick Cameron (billed as Donald Dillaway)
DeWitt Jennings ... Groot, Truant Officer
Russell Hopton ... Alec Johnson
Frank McGlynn, Sr. ... Mr. Southard, School Superintendent (billed as Frank McGlynn)
Gretta Gould ... Mrs. Southard