The Old Maid Reviews

  • May 26, 2020

    Hopkins is great. Unfortunately, Davis spends the last hour of the film with the same scowl on her face. Depressing film with 3 minutes of redemption at the end.

    Hopkins is great. Unfortunately, Davis spends the last hour of the film with the same scowl on her face. Depressing film with 3 minutes of redemption at the end.

  • Jul 05, 2019

    I liked the movie very much! It kept me guessing throughout. I love the old movies as you just never know whats going to happen next. Plus the actors are so much more talented than some actors of today and the plots more interesting! This film was made in 1939 and was beautifully written, directed and the talent was superb! You just don't see that much today.

    I liked the movie very much! It kept me guessing throughout. I love the old movies as you just never know whats going to happen next. Plus the actors are so much more talented than some actors of today and the plots more interesting! This film was made in 1939 and was beautifully written, directed and the talent was superb! You just don't see that much today.

  • Jun 13, 2019

    Excessive melodramatic histrionic film with a plot that would be impossible to realize in real life. But in the movies, anything goes...

    Excessive melodramatic histrionic film with a plot that would be impossible to realize in real life. But in the movies, anything goes...

  • Nov 15, 2018

    The Old Maid is an amazing film. It is about the arrival of an ex-lover on a young woman's wedding day sets in motion a chain of events which will alter her and her cousin's lives forever. Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins give incredible performances. The screenplay is well written. Edmund Goulding did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama. The Old Maid is a must see.

    The Old Maid is an amazing film. It is about the arrival of an ex-lover on a young woman's wedding day sets in motion a chain of events which will alter her and her cousin's lives forever. Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins give incredible performances. The screenplay is well written. Edmund Goulding did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama. The Old Maid is a must see.

  • Aug 18, 2018

    A two handkerchief film even given the preposterous chain of events. Starts in 1860 at the outbreak of the Civil War. Davis and Hopkins are in top form as cousins who have affection for the same man (Brent) whom Hopkins jilts and Davis then gets on the re-bound just before he goes off to get killed at Vicksburg. It then fast forwards to the early 1880's where the various secrets, contrivances, sacrifices and love mixed with bitterness all come to a head. The film is superbly enhanced by posh sets and spectacular gowns and costumes. Unadulterated melodrama done at its very best.

    A two handkerchief film even given the preposterous chain of events. Starts in 1860 at the outbreak of the Civil War. Davis and Hopkins are in top form as cousins who have affection for the same man (Brent) whom Hopkins jilts and Davis then gets on the re-bound just before he goes off to get killed at Vicksburg. It then fast forwards to the early 1880's where the various secrets, contrivances, sacrifices and love mixed with bitterness all come to a head. The film is superbly enhanced by posh sets and spectacular gowns and costumes. Unadulterated melodrama done at its very best.

  • Oct 18, 2014

    Wonderful melodrama with Bette Davis at her finest!!

    Wonderful melodrama with Bette Davis at her finest!!

  • Oct 17, 2012

    hopkins vs davis come out fighting

    hopkins vs davis come out fighting

  • Feb 10, 2012

    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.

    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.

  • Nov 10, 2011

    This is a great classic from the legend that is ms davies, this is a real tear jerker, its got a great story, and a great ending, love it,

    This is a great classic from the legend that is ms davies, this is a real tear jerker, its got a great story, and a great ending, love it,

  • Jul 01, 2011

    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.

    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.