Glendale played a starring role in the 1945 movie "Mildred Pierce," the story of a single mother who opens a restaurant right here in the heart of Glendale.
The movie was based on a book by the same name written by James M. Cain in 1941. “Cain portrayed Glendale as the epitome of the working-class aspirations and disappointments in Depression-era California,” said Arlene Vidor, past president of the Glendale Historical Society, who wrote an article on the movie for the society's Summer 2010 newsletter.
“Cain sets the stage in the first line of the book,” she wrote. “‘In the spring of 1931, on a lawn in Glendale, California, a man was bracing trees ...' and he peppers the entire story with astute observations about the city's psyche and physical appearance — the frenetic parceling of land, the explosive building boom resulting in rows of Spanish Revival bungalows and the ‘poor cousin' sigma suffered by Glendale, the ‘endless suburb,' in relation to the monied elegance of neighboring Pasadena.”