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Director:
Writers:
John Van Druten (screenplay) and
Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
27 November 1943 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Old friends Kit Marlowe and Millie Drake adopt contrasting lifestyles: Kit is a single, critically acclaimed author while married Millie writes popular pulp novels. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Davis ... Kit Marlowe

Miriam Hopkins ... Millie Drake

Gig Young ... Rudd Kendall
John Loder ... Preston Drake
Dolores Moran ... Deirdre Drake
Phillip Reed ... Lucian Grant (as Philip Reed)

Roscoe Karns ... Charlie Archer

Anne Revere ... Belle Carter
Esther Dale ... Harriet
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abigail Adams ... College Girl (uncredited)
Gordon B. Clarke ... Usher at Radio Broadcast (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ... Frank - Photographer (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Music Store Saleslady (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Army Major (uncredited)
Marjorie Hoshelle ... Margaret Kemp - Kit's Fanclub Leader (uncredited)
Charles Jordan ... Bootlegger Selling Gin (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Lucille La Marr ... College Girl (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Nightclub Table Extra (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Army Officer (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Army Officer (uncredited)
Kathleen O'Malley ... College Girl (uncredited)
Harriet Olsen ... College Girl (uncredited)
Virginia Patton ... College Girl (uncredited)
Herbert Rawlinson ... Red Cross Chairman (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Garden Center Headwaiter (uncredited)
Francine Rufo ... Deirdre as a Child (uncredited)
Timmy Sabor ... College Girl (uncredited)
Dorothy Schoemer ... College Girl (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt ... Hotel Night Manager (uncredited)
Frances Ward ... College Girl (uncredited)
Lottie Williams ... Millie's Maid at Party (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincent Sherman 
 
Writing credits
John Van Druten (screenplay) and
Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee)

John Van Druten (play)

Edmund Goulding  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
 
Cinematography by
Sol Polito (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Terry O. Morse  (as Terry Morse)
 
Art Direction by
John Hughes 
 
Set Decoration by
Fred M. MacLean 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Lueker .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (as Leon Raab)
Frank Perkins .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dwight Wiman .... producer: stage play (as Dwight Deere Wiman)
Leo Guild .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (certificate #9000)

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Trivia:
The Broadway play opened on December 23, 1940 at the Morosco Theatre and closed 17 May 1941 after 170 performances. The opening night cast included Jane Cowl as Kit, Peggy Wood as Millie and Kent Smith as Rudd Kendall. Warner Bros. purchased the rights to the play for $75,000.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
One Camp Treat, 5 October 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Old Acquaintance started as a Broadway play by John Van Druten and ran 170 performances during the 1940-41 season. It is the quintessential star vehicle and two Broadway legends, Jane Cowl and Peggy Wood played the rival women on stage. On screen the film version stars Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins and in this instance it really helped to have two women who positively loathed each other in real life. Helped enormously with their performances.

The two are childhood friends and rival authors, Bette is a writer of seriously acclaimed classics that just don't sell and Miriam is the Jacqueline Susann of the pair, a writer of potboiler trash fiction that the public eats up. For reasons never explained by the film, Miriam nurses a pent up jealousy over Bette which Davis patiently bears throughout most of the film which takes place over a twenty year period in their lives. Davis rightly can't figure it out, Miriam is the one with the husband and child both of whom she smothers with her overbearing personality.

The Broadway play which took place in only one setting, the Davis character's apartment was considerably expanded for the screen and I will say that the play's stage origins are barely noticeable. The play and the film are strictly vehicles for the two stars, the other players would dare not intrude even if their parts permitted.

Old Acquaintance in the hands of players less capable of Davis and Hopkins would be a disaster. But with the two of them it is one camp treat.

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