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The Old Maid (1939)

 -  Drama  -  2 September 1939 (USA)
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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.

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George Brent ...
Clem Spender
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Tina
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Dora
James Stephenson ...
Jim Ralston
Jerome Cowan ...
Joe Ralston
William Lundigan ...
Lanning Halsey
Cecilia Loftus ...
Grandmother Lovell
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Jim
Janet Shaw ...
Dee
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John (as DeWolf Hopper)
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Rod Cameron ...
(scenes deleted)
Raymond Rayhill Powell
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Storyline

After a two-year absence, Clem Spender returns home on the very day that his former fiancée, Delia, is marrying another man. Clem enlists in the Union army and dies on the battlefield, but not before finding comfort in the arms of Delia's cousin, Charlotte Lovell. The years pass and Charlotte establishes an orphanage and eventually confesses to Delia that her dearest young charge, Tina, is an fact her own child by Clem. Jealousy and family secrets threaten to tear the cousins apart. Written by L. Hamre

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Vividly, unforgettably, a woman's love starved soul is revealed. All those strange secrets she locks in her heart ... moments of rapture and of heartbreak ... longings that no man can fathom. Of these has the year's finest picture been woven!

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2 September 1939 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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Trivia

The 1935 Pulitzer Prize-winning play opened at the Empire Theatre in New York on Jan. 7, 1935 and ran for 305 performances. The leads were played by Judith Anderson and Helen Menken. Marjorie Lord, who later gained fame as the wife of Danny Thomas on TV's Make Room for Daddy (1953), was a replacement cast member in a supporting role. Producer-Director Ernst Lubitsch bought the rights to the play, intending to star both Judith Anderson and Helen Menken in a Paramount production, but he sold the rights to Warner Bros. in Jan. 1939. See more »

Goofs

The scene where Delia has come to the orphanage to speak with Charlotte, we can see Charlotte's sleeves change from rolled up to down several times within the shot. See more »

Quotes

Charlotte Lovell: She thinks I can't understand her. She considers me an old maid.
Delia Lovell Ralston: My dear.
Charlotte Lovell: A ridiculous, narrow-minded old maid. What else can she ever think of me?
Delia Lovell Ralston: Poor Charlotte.
Charlotte Lovell: Oh, but you needn't pity me. Because she's really mine. If she considers me an old maid, it's because I've deliberately made myself one in her eyes. I've done it from the beginning so she wouldn't have the least suspicion. I've practised everything I've ever had to say to her, if it was important, so that I'd sound like an old maid ...
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The opening credits are shown on facsimiles of wedding invitation cards. See more »

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Silent Night, Holy Night
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber
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A secret, and the lives it changes.
14 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two women, and a secret. Two actresses giving superb performances. Two stories wrapped up as one - one, about the cruelty of social conventions; the other, the personal relations twisted by those social conventions. The truth is concealed and people suffer. Pretense becomes the rule and feelings are suppressed. Bette Davis plays Charlotte, a woman who is forced to live a lie and as a result becomes a caricature of someone she is not. Mariam Hopkins plays Charlotte's cousin and closest confidante, Delia, who conspires with Charlotte to conceal the awful truth that could mean disgrace for the entire family. This movie succeeds in telling a compelling and dramatic story that deals with many relevant social themes: family roles, social conventionality, deceitfulness, and honor. It also deals with the role of truthfulness in a society in which the truth can be used as a weapon to destroy. Technically, this movie is flawless. George Brent has a small but significant role as the gentleman involved in both women's lives. This movie offers solid drama that is thought provoking and entertaining. Hence, this movie is well worth watching.


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