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Old Acquaintance (1943)

 -  Drama  -  27 November 1943 (USA)
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Old friends Kit Marlowe and Millie Drake adopt contrasting lifestyles: Kit is a single, critically acclaimed author while married Millie writes popular pulp novels.

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Kit Marlowe
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Rudd Kendall
John Loder ...
Preston Drake
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Deirdre Drake
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Lucian Grant (as Philip Reed)
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Charlie Archer
Anne Revere ...
Belle Carter
Esther Dale ...
Harriet
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Jealous of best friend Kit, a critically acclaimed but financially unsuccessful author and playwright, Millie writes a novel, the first in a string of bestselling trashy novels. After eight years of neglect and taking a backseat to Millie's fame, her husband Preston leaves her. Another decade passes and Kit announces her intention of marrying the decade-younger Rudd. Millie thinks Preston wishes to reconcile, only to discover he is engaged. He also admits that he was in love with Kit, who had turned down his many advances. Feeling Kit to blame for the failure of her marriage, Millie flies into a rage and confronts Kit. Later, learning of Rudd's affection for Millie's daughter Diedre, Kit graciously steps aside to bless their union. In the end, Millie and Kit make up, sharing a champagne toast for each one's old acquaintance. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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This is the film with the often shown, camp classic scene of Bette Davis calmly grabbing Miriam Hopkins by the shoulders, vigorously shaking her, throwing her down into a chair, and then calmly saying with a clipped, sarcastic edge: "Sorry". Bette Davis later admitted she immensely enjoyed playing that scene. See more »

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In the bedroom scene with Preston, Kit is on the telephone with Julia Broadbank, Preston is holding her hand, then Deidre runs in and sits on her lap. Both of Kit's arms are around her, it's a tight two-shot. Then it cuts to the master-shot and Kit suddenly has a lit cigarette in her hand which she smokes through the time Deidre leaves the room all the way until she is talking to Millie and Miss Carter in the Living room. See more »

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Belle Carter: [to Kit] Tell me, how is your new book coming along?
Kit Marlowe: Well, I write and I write, and I still don't like it.
Belle Carter: But, at least when you do turn one out, it's a gem! None of this grinding them out like sausage...
Belle Carter: [she realizes that she has just insulted Millie and pauses with embarrassment] I suppose I could cut my throat.
Millie Drake: [clearly offended] There's a knife on the table!
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Embraceable You
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
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Far superior to the 1980s remake...Davis and Hopkins are brilliant...
27 May 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Hollywood was still at the height of the "women's films" with stars like Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins sharing the screen in stories with romantic notions. This one is pure soap suds, but just try to look away when these two real-life enemies share the close-ups.

The two portray authors--one a sensitive, thoughtful woman (Bette Davis), the other a shrewish housewife who writes pulp fiction (Miriam Hopkins). The two share the ups and downs of a rocky relationship when the lesser writer becomes famous for her trash and loses her ignored husband (John Loder). A very young Gig Young provides some romantic interest for Davis--until she sensibly concludes that he is too young for her. At the end, the two women are left facing middle-age together and, as they sit before a roaring fireplace, toast each other to the fadeout strains of Franz Waxman's music.

All of this plays like a Cosmopolitan magazine story of the '40s but is made to seem intelligent and likeable by the sheer magnetism of Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins, never better than here. Hopkins sinks her teeth into the role of a nasty bitch--and Davis is unusually even-tempered until the scene where she shakes the living daylights out of Hopkins.

Forget the 1982 remake directed by George Cukor--like most remakes, it lacked the ingredients that made the original such a treat.


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