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Old Acquaintance (1943)

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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 sexy potboiler that, with Kitty's help, attracts the attention of a publisher. To the surprise of them both, Millie's book is a runaway bestseller, and a decade later she's one of the most successful authors in America, easily eclipsing Kitty's more highbrow work. Preston finds himself growing disenchanted with Millie once success begins to go to her head, and he finds himself attracted to Kitty; while Kitty tries to dissuade Preston's advances, a scorned Millie believes that her old friend has been trying to steal her husband away from her. Old Acquaintance was remade in 1981 as Rich and Famous.

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Cast

Bette Davis
as Katherine Marlowe
Miriam Hopkins
as Millie Drake
Gig Young
as Rudd Kendall
John Loder
as Preston Drake
Philip Reed
as Lucian Grant
Phillip Reed
as Lucian Grant
Roscoe Karns
as Charlie Archer
Anne Revere
as Belle Carter
Esther Dale
as Harriet
Ann Codee
as Mademoiselle
Pierre Watkin
as Mr. Winter
Marjorie Hoshelle
as Margaret Kemp
Ann Doran
as Saleslady
Leona Maricle
as Julia Brondbank
Jimmy Conlin
as Photographer
Timmy Sabor
as College Girl
Frances Ward
as College Girl
Virginia Patton
as College girl
Lucille Lamarr
as College Girl
Harriette Olsen
as College Girl
Dorothy Schoemer
as College Girl
Francine Rufo
as Deirdre as a Child
Creighton Hale
as Stage manager
Frank Darien
as Stage Doorman
Kathleen O'Malley
as College girl
Charles Jordan
as Bootlegger
Frank Mayo
as Army Officer
Jack Mower
as Army officer
Sam Harris
as Army officer
Charles Sullivan
as Taxi Driver
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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.

August 30, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
LarsenOnFilm

Crowd pleasing women's pic.

October 12, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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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.

William Dunmyer
William Dunmyer

Super Reviewer

½

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
Laura Cameron

Super Reviewer

bette & miriam are a hoot together!

jay nixon
jay nixon

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