Old Acquaintance (1943)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Millie Drake
Rudd Kendall
Preston Drake
Dolores Moran ...
Deirdre Drake
Phillip Reed ...
Lucian Grant (as Philip Reed)
Charlie Archer
Belle Carter
Esther Dale ...


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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Release Date:

27 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'impossible amour  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The play was revived on Broadway in 2010, with Margaret Colin as Kit Marlowe. See more »


As the group of college girls drive Kit away, Millie turns her head and calls out Kit's name but her lips do not move. See more »


Kit Marlowe: Deidre, come out from behind that screen.
[a pause]
Kit Marlowe: Deidre, come out, or do you want me to come back there and drag you out.
Deirdre Drake: [emerging from behind screen] How did you know I was there?
Kit Marlowe: My dear, I was hiding behind screens before you were born.
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Remade as Rich and Famous (1981) See more »


Waltz No. 15 in A flat major, Op. 39
(1865) (uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
Performed on piano twice by Miriam Hopkins
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Soap opera supreme.
21 November 2000 | by (cincinnati, ohio) – See all my reviews

Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins, the stars of the classic 1939 film THE OLD MAID, reunite for this tale which spans twenty years in the love/hate relationship of two female friends who become competitive not only professionally, but in their personal lives as well. This one is a real dandy. Davis is her inimitably intense self, and she's matched all the way by the great Miriam Hopkins who was at her peak on-screen in the '30's. While this is often referred to as Davis' picture, Miriam holds her own. These ladies are truly two of the finest actresses to ever grace the Hollywood screen and deliver Oscar-caliber performances. The confrontation scene where Davis shakes the living daylights out of Hopkins is a high example of art imitating life because Davis and Hopkins weren't exactly the best of friends in real-life either. For some reason, this gem has never been released to video, but naturally the dreadful remake with Candice Bergen and Jacqueline Bissett(RICH AND FAMOUS) has.

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