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Millie (film)

Millie is a pre-Code drama film directed by John Francis Dillon from a screenplay by Charles Kenyon and Ralph Morgan, based on a novel of the same name by Donald Henderson Clarke. The film was an independent production by Charles R. Rogers, distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, after their acquisition of Pathé Exchange, it stars Helen Twelvetrees in one of her best roles, with a supporting cast that includes Lilyan Tashman, James Hall, Joan Blondell, John Halliday and Anita Louise. Millie is a naive young woman who marries a wealthy man from Jack Maitland. Three years unhappy in her marriage due to her husband's continued infidelity, she asks for and receives a divorce; because of her pride, she does not want his money, but she does not want to deprive her daughter of a comfortable lifestyle. She allows his mother to retain custody of her daughter Connie. Focusing on her career, she rises through the hierarchy of the hotel where she is employed, shunning the attention of the rich banker Jimmy Damier, preferring the attentions of the reporter Tommy Rock, due to her prior sour relationship, she refuses to marry him.

Millie is promoted to the head of operations for the hotel. At the same time, Tommy is offered a lucrative position at the bank by Damier as a favor to Millie. However, at the celebration party, Millie discovers that Tommy, just like Maitland, is cheating on her. Betrayed a second time, Millie becomes bitter. With her female cohorts and Angie, she becomes a woman who loves a good time, floating from man to man; this goes on for several years, until she hears that Damier has taken an interest in her teen-age daughter, who bears a striking resemblance to her. Millie warns Damier to leave her daughter alone, although he promises to stay away from Connie, he ignores Millie's warning and takes Connie to a remote lodge to seduce her. Millie goes to the lodge with a gun, confronts Jimmy and kills him. In the ensuing murder trial, Millie tries to keep her daughter's name out of the press and claims not to remember why she shot Jimmy, she says that another woman ran out of the lodge after the shot, but claims that she did not see who the woman was and has no idea as to her identity.

The prosecution thus claims that Millie's motive was jealousy of Jimmy's romantic relationship with this unknown other woman. Millie's friends, help to bring out the truth, when the jury finds out that Millie's true motive was to protect her daughter from Jimmy's lascivious intentions, they acquit her. In the end, Millie is reunited with her estranged husband's family. Helen Twelvetrees as Millie Blake Maitland Lilyan Tashman as Helen Riley Robert Ames as Tommy Rock James Hall as Jack Maitland John Halliday as Jimmy Damier Joan Blondell as Angie Wickerstaff Anita Louise as Connie Maitland Edmund Breese as Bob O'Fallon Frank McHugh as Johnny Holmes Charlotte Walker as Mrs Maitland Franklin Parker as Spring Charles Delaney as Mike Harry Stubbs as Mark Marks Donald Henderson Clarke finished his novel Millie during summer 1930; the novel was first offered to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In August of that year, it was reported that Charles R. Rogers had purchased the film rights to the novel, had signed Charles Kenyon to adapt it into a screenplay, as well as selecting John Francis Dillon to direct.

Although Rogers had signed an agreement to distribute his independent films through RKO, it was reported that he would be overseeing the production on the Universal lot. Though he incorrectly was identified as "Ralph Murphy", Ralph Morgan was signed to collaborate with Kenyon on the screenplay adaptation in September. Less than a week Helen Twelvetrees signed on for the titular role. Rogers would choose Ernest Haller to shoot the film and sign him for the project in the beginning of October. In January, RKO announced the film would be released in February, it was released on February 8, 1931; the film was an independent production by Charles Rogers, but became the property of RKO when Rogers agreed to become its production chief. The theme song "Millie" had words and music by Nacio Herb Brown. In 1959, the film entered the public domain in the United States because the claimants did not renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication; the film's tagline was "Torn from Her Arms...

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Azerbaijan First Division

The Azerbaijan First Division is the second highest professional division in Azerbaijani professional football. The division is run by AFFA. Due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, all Azerbaijan clubs of the former Soviet Premier Division and Soviet First Division conformed a single Azerbaijan Premier League, which meant that the new second tier of Azerbaijan football would remain regionalized. For the first two seasons three regional groups conformed the second tier, until in 1994 the single table in use today began to be used; the First Division consists of 14 teams. All teams play each other two times. CBC Sport own all the rights to broadcast the season's games on terrestrial TV. In Azerbaijan, the First Division games is available on CBC Sport; as of 14 November 2013Most consecutive wins: Absheron, 23, 2010-11 Most points in a season: Absheron, 72 points, 2010-11 Most unbeaten run: Absheron, 26 games, 2010-11 Azerbaijan Premier League Azerbaijan Regional League AFFA Amateur League Azerbaijan Cup Football in Azerbaijan AFFA PFL Azerbaijan First Division summary