Old Acquaintance (1943)


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In this film, Bette Davis plays a famed "serious author" who visits her hometown. She stays at the home of the very married and pregnant Miriam Hopkins. Feeling jealous of Davis' success, Hopkins writes a racy potboiler of her own. Much to her surprise, a publisher likes it.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
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Written By: John Van Druten, Lenore J. Coffee
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On DVD: May 30, 2006
Warner Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Old Acquaintance

All Critics (2)

...a bit of a slow boil, but this 1943 melodrama eventually bubbles over with Bette Davis literally trying to shake some sense into Miriam Hopkins.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012

Crowd pleasing women's pic.

Full Review… | October 12, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Old Acquaintance

How did I go so many years without someone telling me that I had to see "Old Acquaintance"? It's just a melodrama, but it's one of the best, most satisfying, and most unique that Bette Davis made in her heyday, the 1940s.

Davis plays a serious, high-minded novelist, and Miriam Hopkins plays a deliciously petulant, semi-educated, narcissistic writer of pulp fiction. The two have a life-long friendship with many ups and downs and subtle cross-currents of rivalry and devotion.

In the last half-hour, there are some surprising twists that had my head spinning. And the final message is to some degree a celebration of women remaining unmarried, which I loved. I had a rip-roaring good time watching this classic, and I'm sad that its reputation has faded over the years. It deserves to be better known.

Bill D 2007
William Dunmyer

Super Reviewer

bette & miriam are a hoot together!

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Another film where the lead performance (Bette) is far stronger than the film itself. I am admiring her talent more and more. Loving her menswear inspired costumes!

Laura Cameron

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