Old Acquaintance Reviews

  • Feb 20, 2021

    Above average chick flick. Miriam Hopkins overacts, Gig Young underacts, and Bette Davis is right on the money as usual.

    Above average chick flick. Miriam Hopkins overacts, Gig Young underacts, and Bette Davis is right on the money as usual.

  • Feb 06, 2021

    "Old Acquaintance" is an enjoyable if overwrought pairing of Miriam Hopkins and Bette Davis as childhood friends who go on to be kind of 'frenemies' over twenty years of ups and downs. The characters they play are both successful writers, with Davis' Kit Marlowe the cerebral one and Hopkins' Millie Drake churning out pulp bestsellers. The whole plot is rather contrived and has elements of "The Old Maid" with Bette being so noble and, in this instance, Hopkins being an almost cartoonish drama queen and hysteric. Hopkins performance really is too much. All in all, still an ok film.

    "Old Acquaintance" is an enjoyable if overwrought pairing of Miriam Hopkins and Bette Davis as childhood friends who go on to be kind of 'frenemies' over twenty years of ups and downs. The characters they play are both successful writers, with Davis' Kit Marlowe the cerebral one and Hopkins' Millie Drake churning out pulp bestsellers. The whole plot is rather contrived and has elements of "The Old Maid" with Bette being so noble and, in this instance, Hopkins being an almost cartoonish drama queen and hysteric. Hopkins performance really is too much. All in all, still an ok film.

  • Jan 16, 2021

    Scarlet O'hara took the heroine role in "Gone With the Wind." That was 1939, the heart of the Depression, when the country needed a story about holding on to your backbone - even if it meant being a bitch. In 1943's "Old Acquaintance," we get the story in reverse. Miriam Hopkins plays Millie, a cartoonish Scarlet-type bitch who trashes her friend, her husband and her own daughter. But it's Bette Davis, as Kit, Millie's friend, who comes off the heroine. Kit's in love with Millie's husband and he with her but, despite his advances, she won't even think about betraying her old acquaintance because, at its heart, this is a story about allies in the days when the Allies were all that mattered. The US was embroiled in WW II and the film's primary audience was the all-American female, sacrificing herself during war, just like Kit. Without this historical context, the movie could be seen as a strained ode to sainthood. Oh, alright. Even knowing the context, it's still strained in places. Still, the nuanced writing and Davis's restrained acting conjure up a fascinating, original character I would very much like to have known.

    Scarlet O'hara took the heroine role in "Gone With the Wind." That was 1939, the heart of the Depression, when the country needed a story about holding on to your backbone - even if it meant being a bitch. In 1943's "Old Acquaintance," we get the story in reverse. Miriam Hopkins plays Millie, a cartoonish Scarlet-type bitch who trashes her friend, her husband and her own daughter. But it's Bette Davis, as Kit, Millie's friend, who comes off the heroine. Kit's in love with Millie's husband and he with her but, despite his advances, she won't even think about betraying her old acquaintance because, at its heart, this is a story about allies in the days when the Allies were all that mattered. The US was embroiled in WW II and the film's primary audience was the all-American female, sacrificing herself during war, just like Kit. Without this historical context, the movie could be seen as a strained ode to sainthood. Oh, alright. Even knowing the context, it's still strained in places. Still, the nuanced writing and Davis's restrained acting conjure up a fascinating, original character I would very much like to have known.

  • May 10, 2020

    I can't recall a Bette Davis movie where she doesn't raise her voice or yell or go off on a delirious rant. This may be among my favorite Davis movies ('Now, Voyager' is still the best) . Her character looks after everyone, often at her own expense and her stoicism is brilliant. Hopkins is perfect as the ridiculous drama queen best friend. Interestingly, both male love interests are weak and boring.

    I can't recall a Bette Davis movie where she doesn't raise her voice or yell or go off on a delirious rant. This may be among my favorite Davis movies ('Now, Voyager' is still the best) . Her character looks after everyone, often at her own expense and her stoicism is brilliant. Hopkins is perfect as the ridiculous drama queen best friend. Interestingly, both male love interests are weak and boring.

  • May 26, 2019

    Good flick with Bette at her best. The only problem is why a smart person like Kit would stay friends with an idiot like Millie. If Hopkins wasn’t so ridiculously over the top, it may have been more enduring and relatable. But as high camp Hollywood classic, its a great watch.

    Good flick with Bette at her best. The only problem is why a smart person like Kit would stay friends with an idiot like Millie. If Hopkins wasn’t so ridiculously over the top, it may have been more enduring and relatable. But as high camp Hollywood classic, its a great watch.

  • Dec 08, 2017

    Old Acquaintance is a distance. It is about old friends Kit Marlowe and Millie Drake adopt contrasting lifestyles. Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow places. Vincent Sherman did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and romance.

    Old Acquaintance is a distance. It is about old friends Kit Marlowe and Millie Drake adopt contrasting lifestyles. Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow places. Vincent Sherman did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and romance.

  • Aug 27, 2016

    Just watched this old Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins film from 1943, and what a gem it is! Based on a play by John Van Druten, it's a story of a lifelong friendship, both writers. Funny, touching, and always entertaining. Bette Davis, is one of my favorite actresses, second only to Meryl Streep.

    Just watched this old Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins film from 1943, and what a gem it is! Based on a play by John Van Druten, it's a story of a lifelong friendship, both writers. Funny, touching, and always entertaining. Bette Davis, is one of my favorite actresses, second only to Meryl Streep.

  • Oct 20, 2014

    Another Bette Davis movie, another Bette Davis feud - lol - this time with co-star Miriam Hopkins... and once again, over a man. The movie itself is fun to watch and has an interesting soap opera-esque story. Unfortunately, the last 20 minute or so just don't seem fully fleshed out -- and once again, another very abrupt ending. Worth the watch for Davis fans and lovers of classic cinema - 4 stars

    Another Bette Davis movie, another Bette Davis feud - lol - this time with co-star Miriam Hopkins... and once again, over a man. The movie itself is fun to watch and has an interesting soap opera-esque story. Unfortunately, the last 20 minute or so just don't seem fully fleshed out -- and once again, another very abrupt ending. Worth the watch for Davis fans and lovers of classic cinema - 4 stars

  • Feb 06, 2013

    Watching this movie is like being with old friends. Bette Davis is divine in this classic "Woman's Picture" as they were called. For me, this is a story and these are characters that women can relate to today despite the film being made in 1943. The film doesn't feel aged, apart from the obvious, black and white cinematography, certain lamp posts from the era; costume, transport, technology. The characters are energetic, 3 dimensional and timeless. Two women, friends since a young age and bound in friendship for life. They have their ups and downs, their quarrels and reconciliations, but through it all they remain friends because of their history together. The underlaying message with this theme is that despite what happens in a woman's life, whether she marries, has children, has a career, separates from a partner, at the end of it all your friend will always be there. It's a nice thought to have, whether or not it is true for many people. The other issue tackled is whether a woman can have both a career and a family. Obviously this issue is not so controversial nor debatable nowadays, however at the time of this film it was. The argument however seems to be a weak one in this film, as the woman who has both the career and family soon learns that she cannot keep both. As she gets wrapped up in her career she begins to have problems with her husband, who eventually leaves her. This is a debatable issue as to the validity of the events. Lacking knowledge in that area, particularly in the era this was filmed, I take this as more neglect on Millie's part for her husband, rather than the actual career being at fault. Millie is a vicious character that you wait for through the film to get her comeuppance. An enjoyable film with wonderful characters, a rich story and supreme performances. The off screen rivalry/dislike between Davis and Hopkins makes the on screen arguments sizzle, you really get a sense of the hatred between these women at times. This is definitely a new favourite of mine.

    Watching this movie is like being with old friends. Bette Davis is divine in this classic "Woman's Picture" as they were called. For me, this is a story and these are characters that women can relate to today despite the film being made in 1943. The film doesn't feel aged, apart from the obvious, black and white cinematography, certain lamp posts from the era; costume, transport, technology. The characters are energetic, 3 dimensional and timeless. Two women, friends since a young age and bound in friendship for life. They have their ups and downs, their quarrels and reconciliations, but through it all they remain friends because of their history together. The underlaying message with this theme is that despite what happens in a woman's life, whether she marries, has children, has a career, separates from a partner, at the end of it all your friend will always be there. It's a nice thought to have, whether or not it is true for many people. The other issue tackled is whether a woman can have both a career and a family. Obviously this issue is not so controversial nor debatable nowadays, however at the time of this film it was. The argument however seems to be a weak one in this film, as the woman who has both the career and family soon learns that she cannot keep both. As she gets wrapped up in her career she begins to have problems with her husband, who eventually leaves her. This is a debatable issue as to the validity of the events. Lacking knowledge in that area, particularly in the era this was filmed, I take this as more neglect on Millie's part for her husband, rather than the actual career being at fault. Millie is a vicious character that you wait for through the film to get her comeuppance. An enjoyable film with wonderful characters, a rich story and supreme performances. The off screen rivalry/dislike between Davis and Hopkins makes the on screen arguments sizzle, you really get a sense of the hatred between these women at times. This is definitely a new favourite of mine.

  • Oct 17, 2012

    good melodrama that keep davis & hopkins busy

    good melodrama that keep davis & hopkins busy