Inside the Archive: Meeting Millie

We imagine, perhaps a tad too idealistically, a simpler life where milk was delivered to your doorstep and a loaf of bread went for only a dime. While this era, now fifty or sixty years removed, seems somewhat ancient and unrecognizable, it would be remiss to say that today’s human experience is significantly unique or singular—because it’s not. Why else do timeless classics such as Casablanca or North By Northwest still enthrall and captivate audiences around the world? Don’t we all still wish to love, live and, of course, laugh?

Case in point: Meet Millie (1952-1955), is a TV series the WGF Library recently acquired through the family of Howard Leeds, one of the show’s main writers. It hysterically follows the life and exploits of Millie Bronson (played by Elena Verdugo, who sadly passed away last week) as she attempts to make her way in New York City while living with her wisecracking mother and trying, albeit sometimes hopelessly, to gain the affection of her boss’s son.

Meet Millie is a remarkable comedy in that it stands the test of time and can truly hold its own with even its strongest contemporary, I Love Lucy. Even though six-plus decades have passed since the show’s end, Millie constantly finds herself in gut-busting situations that are still quite relevant today, such as returning unwanted Christmas gifts for much more useful cash, and trying, unsuccessfully, to sneak out of work on a Friday afternoon. So come in, sit back, and enjoy a blast from the not-so-long-ago past in Meet Millie, a little known gem and remnant of the Golden Age of Television.

Stop by the library and peruse the countless award winning scripts. If you watched it, we almost certainly have it.