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Old Acquaintance (1943)





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Miriam Hopkins and Bette Davis successfully teamed up once before in 1939's popular Old Maid. Davis plays a famed "serious author" who returns to her hometown for a visit. She stays at the home of the very married and pregnant Hopkins. Feeling jealous of Davis success, Hopkins writes a racy potboiler of her own. Much to her surprise a publisher likes it and the next thing she knows, she and her lurid novels have become a fixture on the best-sellers list. Meanwhile, Davis continues toiling on her serious tomes with little recognition. By this time the former gal pals have become bitter rivals. But for all her success Hopkins pays a terrible price when her husband falls in love with Davis. Fortunately, Davis gently spurns him. Unfortunately, he leaves Hopkins anyway because he cannot stand her newly developed egoism. It will be at least a decade before all is set to rights in Hopkins' life.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: John Van Druten, Lenore J. Coffee
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 30, 2006
Warner Home Video


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
Sam Harris
as Army officer
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
Major Sam Harris
as Army Officer
Charles Sullivan
as Taxi Driver
Sam Harris
as Army officer
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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

Super Reviewer

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