Mother’s Day Special:  JOAN CRAWFORD‘s iconic performance as MILDRED PIERCE, a mother determined to give her daughter a better life, won Crawford her only Oscar.  Recasting James M. Cain’s psychological novel as a murder mystery, this bitter cocktail of blind parental love and all-American ambition is both unremittingly hard-boiled and sumptuously emotional.  ANN BLYTH turns in a surprising performance as Mildred’s diabolical daughter. (1945, 111 minutes, with closed captioning.)