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Director:
Writers:
John Van Druten (screenplay) and
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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:
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:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Kit enters house after Millie runs up stairs near beginning of film, backdrop of house across the street changes from shot to shot.See more »
Quotes:
Kit Marlowe:I know... my fatal beauty drives men mad.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Columbia, the Gem of the OceanSee more »

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22 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Break Out the Flat Champagne, 7 May 2007
Author: dglink from Alexandria, VA

A classic woman's film in the best sense of the word, "Old Acquaintance" was remade by George Cukor as "Rich and Famous" and echoed in the final scenes of Pedro Almodovar's "La Flor de Mi Secreto." Such is the enduring appeal of this tale of a friendship between two women that continues throughout their lives despite rivalries, temperament, and love affairs. Of course with Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins as the women, the film rises from melodramatic soap opera to a higher level. Davis plays Kit, a serious, sensitive writer, whose interests lie principally in her work. Hopkins plays Millie, a self-absorbed woman who envies her friend's success, but is determined to have everything: a writing career, a home, and a family. While Kit writes critically lauded books and plays, Millie produces a steady stream of best selling romantic novels. While Millie becomes wealthy beyond measure, Kit remains appreciated if not rich. However, Kit's warmth attracts the affections of not only Millie's increasingly estranged husband, but also her neglected daughter.

Thus, the stage is set for emotional clashes between the two writers that provide Davis and Hopkins with some juicy material. Hopkins in particular chews the scenery, wrings her hands, and emotes outrageously. Davis, on the other hand, underplays her role more than usual, although the Davis eyes and inflections remain. Perhaps she understood that the histrionics of more than one actress would be too much for the audience to bear. However, during one classic outburst, Davis unexpectedly does steal a scene from Hopkins and provoke a startled laugh from the audience. With two strong women at its center, the men in "Old Acquaintance" understandably play support. John Loder is all bland good looks as Millie's husband, and a handsome Gig Young does little besides look handsome and play the too-young romantic interest for Davis.

With the exception of Deidre, Hopkins' daughter, the other major female roles also involve working women. Although Davis's maid may be a domestic, she does work and earn her own living. The reporter who interviews Hopkins and Loder is a gender-neutral role, but perhaps to emphasize the centrality of women to the story, another strong actress, Anne Revere, was cast. In fact, besides Loder and Young, most of the men in the film play waiters, taxi drivers, night clerks, playboys, and drunks. Newcomer Dolores Moran, who plays Deidre, was out of her league with Davis and Hopkins and comes across as shallow and unconvincing. Her erotic gyrations to seduce Gig Young in a listening booth and her defiant dalliance with an older playboy are at odds with the character and image of Kit, who was supposedly Deidre's role model.

Fast paced, lush, and romantic, "Old Acquaintance" is one of those movies that "they just don't make anymore." The dialog is delicious, the performances occasionally border on camp, and the direction is sure-handed. With a box of chocolates, a wad of Kleenex, and a bottle of flat champagne, Bette and Miriam are the perfect friends for a rainy afternoon.

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