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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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Old Rivalry See more (26 total) »

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (certificate #9000)

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Trivia:
Vincent Sherman wanted Eleanor Parker for the role of Deidre, but the studio stuck with original director Edmund Goulding's choice of Dolores Moran for the part.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Kit Marlowe:I'd better get out of here, Millie, before I do something I'll be very sorry for.
Millie Drake:Yes, go! And if you think I want you to come back ever you're wrong! Well? why don't you go?
Kit Marlowe:In just a minute.
[She puts down her parcels, crosses the room, grabs Millie by the shoulders and shakes her violently, then shoves her so she falls on the sofa]
Kit Marlowe:Sorry.
[She picks up her things and exits, leaving Millie throwing a tantrum]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Vito (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
Waltz No. 15 in A flat major, Op. 39See more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Old Rivalry, 19 July 2005
Author: FilmOtaku (ssampon@hotmail.com) from Milwaukee, WI

Long before "Beaches" and "The Turning Point", there was the film "Old Acquaintance" (1937?). Focusing on the familiar theme of longtime friendship that is tainted by jealousy and competition, one of the most remarkable things about it is that Davis actually plays the "nice" one this time around. "Old Acquaintance" begins with Kit (Davis), a writer who turns out books that appeal to female intellectuals, returns home to visit her old friend Millie (Hopkins). Kit and Millie basically grew up together, and despite Kit's seriousness and drive and Millie's concern for all things material, the two have forged a friendship that is pretty tight. When we first meet the two, Millie, married and pregnant with her first (and only) child, decides that she too can become an authoress, only she is going to write what she thinks the public wants; torrid potboilers (ala Danielle Steel) that are high on the sappy melodrama, and low on the substance meter. When Millie finds eventual success and becomes extremely wealthy, churning out book after book, her husband Pres (Loder), and child, Didi begin to feel neglected and eschewed, thanks to Millie's highly materialistic and "queen bee" attitude. They both turn to Kit, who has managed to stick around through all of this, Pres falling in love with her, and Didi looking to Kit as a surrogate mother. Despite Kit having reciprocal feelings for Pres, she insists that they can never come to fruition since Millie is her best friend, so he divorces Millie and leaves. Years later, still a success, Millie finds out that Kit and Pres were in love at one point, and despite the fact that neither followed through with their feelings, Millie blames Kit, now an accomplished and respected playwright, eventually turning Didi, now in her late teens, against her. The drama is further heightened when Kit finally agrees to marry Rudd (Young), her younger lover, right when he meets and falls in love with Didi, causing further conflict and heartache until Kit and Millie are left with the prospect of only being left with the other, despite their serious issues over the years.

I really enjoyed "Old Acquaintance" because it had all of the elements of a great melodrama; back-stabbing, unrealized and tragic love, Bette Davis. Whether she is playing the good soul or the evil one (most likely the latter), Davis does drama the best, and "Old Acquaintance" is a fine example of her work. Hopkins, who I previously have seen playing fairly harmless and airy characters in ("The Heiress") as well as endangered and misunderstood (the wrongfully accused school teacher in "These Three") really rolls up her sleeves and digs into this part with obvious relish. She is fantastic, and while you spend most of the movie hating her, you can't help but admire how well Hopkins performs the role. The supporting cast of Loder and Young are fairly solid, and Loder in particular is great as the put-upon, romantic and downtrodden husband. Part of you wants to smirk and call him a wuss and part of you wishes you could date him.

The story itself is full and solidly carries itself well from the beginning of the film until the end. Coupled with good acting and a couple of great slaps courtesy of La Davis, "Old Acquaintance" was a good, meaty film that I watched with great relish, wondering where it had been for the last 20 years I have spent watching all things classic film, and in particular, Bette Davis. There was nothing stupendous about "Old Acquaintance" that made me speak in tongues or anything, but it is a wonderful film that has fallen into relative obscurity over the years that deserves to be seen and enjoyed. 8/10 --Shelly

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