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"Good-bye, good goody girl

I'm changing and how

So beat the drums 'cause here comes

Thoroughly Modern Millie now!"
—The title number

A 1967 musical comedy directed by George Roy Hill, Thoroughly Modern Millie later became a stage musical in 2002. Notably, the film version, which starred Julie Andrews as the titular Millie, was the source of composer Elmer Bernstein's only Academy Award.

A "thoroughly modern girl" from Kansas, Millie Dillmount aspires to be the stenographer, and then the wife, of a wealthy man. After remaking her image, she meets Miss Dorothy Brown at the Priscilla Hotel, which is headed by a Mrs. Meers. She takes a liking to salesman Jimmy, but true to her ambition, she sets her sights on rich Trevor Graydon. Things get complicated for all when it's revealed that the hotel is a front for a White Slavery ring, and that Miss Dorothy is their latest target.


This Work Contains Examples Of:

 Trevor: Bolt the door, take off your things and lets have a test!

Millie: Excuse me?

Trevor: Take a letter!

  • Insistent Terminology: Miss Dorothy. In the movie, it gets to the point where other people start correcting it for her.
  • "I Want" Song: this is Zig Zagged in the stage version, with the song "How the Other Half Lives." Millie wants to be rich, and Miss Dorothy wants to be poor.
  • Knockout Gas: Played with when the antagonist is pumping a white sleeping gas into the room of someone she plans to kidnap and sell into slavery, the problem is that she is in the room with the gas. As the gas gets thicker in the room she starts to yawn, slows down, and finally just falls over onto the bed; the gas has dissipated by the time she is found, still asleep.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Done a lot in the movies, in the form of silent movie dialogue cards. Usually about how well rich people can wear beads.
  • Leitmotif: The same few bars of music crop up each time Mrs. Meers tries something "evil" in the musical.
  • Lost Aesop: In the end, Millie falls for the seemingly-broke Jimmy, agreeing that marriage out of love is more important than seeking a wealthy suitor for money. The Reveal then crushes this moral by revealing that Jimmy is related to Dorothy and Muzzy, and is extremely wealthy himself.
    • The moral being lost actually precedes the finale when Muzzy tells her story of the "green glass" her lover gave her, and how she accepted him and the glass out of love...and then reveals that they were actually emeralds, and her lover was also secretly wealthy.
  • Me Love You Long Time: gender inverted in the stage version.
  • Motor Mouth:

 Ruth: [Rapid fire] Well, hello! You're new. You an actress? I'm an actress, but we couldn't be more different, so well never be up for the same part, which is a good thing, don'cha think? Ruth Devereaux-my stage name, anyway.

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