The Old Maid (1939)
Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.
The Old Maid Videos
The Old Maid Photos
Watch it now
as Charlotte Lovell
as Delia Lovell Ralston
as Clem Spender
as Dr. Lanskell
as Jim Ralston
as Joe Ralston
as Lanning Halsey
as Grandmother Henrietta Lovell
as Jim Ralston Jr.
as John Ward
as Tina as a child
as Aristocratic maid
as Mr. Halsey
Critic Reviews for The Old Maid
A well-oiled assembly of betrayals, vendettas, and maternal passion plays
Bette Davis at the peak of her acting chops, a brilliant, melodramatic role.
Audience Reviews for The Old Maid
The plot didn't move much, although the Civil War beginning got my attention. An interesting theme worth gaining in the end, but just a little slow for me.
In the 1800's Unwed Mothers were Shunned & the Moral Ritual forbade Marriage.Charlotte's(Bette Davis) unrequited Love lead her to an indiscretion with the Man(George Brent) she Loved, who was once her Cousin's (Miriam Hopkins)Betrothed.Charlotte goes away to hide her pregnancy, the Father Dies in the Civil War.She opens an orphanage for "Foundlings" of War to hide her child amongst the other Children, never revealing she is her Mother.Charolette confides in her Cousin on her Wedding Night, & her Cousin Stops her Wedding, forcing her into a Lonely Spinsterhood.When her Cousins Husband dies, Charlotte is talked into Moving with her Secret Child into her Cousins more affluent Home.The Cousin assumes(in every way) Motherhood of her Daughter(Jane Bryon).Charlotte becomes the Embittered Spinster Aunt that watches her own Daughter grow up Loving the Cousin she thinks as her Adopted Mother,but resenting her(Charlotte).It is Heartbreaking to watch this beautiful sacrifice unfold.
A well-done meloncholy drama of a lively young debutante turned bitter old-maid.
The Old Maid Quotes
There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.
Discuss The Old Maid on our Movie forum!