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Old Acquaintance (1943)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  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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Complete credited cast:
Millie Drake
Rudd Kendall
John Loder ...
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 <>

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Release Date:

27 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'impossible amour  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Bette Davis personally requested the casting of Norma Shearer in the role of Mildred Drake. Shearer refused the role and the part went to Miriam Hopkins. 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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Featured in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) See more »


Embraceable You
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Played as dance music at the Garden Center Club
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Friendships and self-sacrifice...
9 November 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Chatty, entertaining and well-acted drama with comedic trimmings has lifelong friends Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins both becoming writers: Davis, the literary authoress who charms the critics but can't score a bestseller; Hopkins, the fluttery, popular novelist of romantic fiction. Director Vincent Sherman does a good job at bringing this all to a boil, and yet there's too much breathless soap opera packed into the last act (the fault of the screenwriters, working from a play) and it eventually becomes fatiguing. Still, Hopkins does a high-wire act with her performance that is quite nimble (she's pitched very high but is never grating). Davis starts off very fresh and natural, but as her character ages and becomes glamorously middle-aged, Bette's affectations and mannerisms tread a self-parody; she's good throughout the film, yet one longs for more of that earthy quality she displays in the film's first hour. A fine "woman's picture" nevertheless, with some unusually good dialogue and well-paced sequences. *** from ****

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