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Old Acquaintance (1943)

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Release Date: Nov 27, 1943 Wide

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After the box office success of The Old Maid, Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins were reunited for this catty drama. Kitty Marlowe (Davis) is a well-respected author who returns to the small town of her birth, where she becomes reacquainted with her childhood friend Millie Drake (Hopkins). While Millie is happy as a wife and mother and loves her husband Preston (John Loder), she's envious of Kitty's success, and Kitty's visit prompts Millie to sit down at the typewriter herself. Millie turns out a

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Drama, Classics

John Van Druten, Lenore J. Coffee

May 30, 2006

Warner Home Video

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...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.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
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Crowd pleasing women's pic.

October 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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.
December 18, 2011
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William Dunmyer

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bette & miriam are a hoot together!
January 14, 2008
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jay nixon

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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!
October 16, 2010
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    1. Katherine "Kittie" Marlowe: There is a time in every woman's life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne. [after again losing another romance]
    – Submitted by rick b (2 years ago)
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