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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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Hopkins + Davis = Drama See more (26 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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:
According to director Vincent Sherman, the film's original director, Edmund Goulding wanted to avoid the Bete Davis-Miriam Hopkins feud and feigned illness in order to be taken off the picture.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:
Belle Carter:[to Kit] Tell me, how is your new book coming along?
Kit Marlowe:Well, I write and I write, and I still don't like it.
Belle Carter:But, at least when you do turn one out, it's a gem! None of this grinding them out like sausage...
Belle Carter:[she realizes that she has just insulted Millie and pauses with embarrassment] I suppose I could cut my throat.
Millie Drake:[clearly offended] There's a knife on the table!
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Soundtrack:
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Hopkins + Davis = Drama, 20 July 2005
Author: Michael Bragg (Michael27@aol.com) from Foster City, CA

Bette Davis really has her hands full in Vincent Sherman's 1943 gem, in which she battles it out with an "Old Acquaintance". The woman vs. woman war, so prominent in the films of the 1930s, '40s and '50s, gets some serious ammunition with this classic film. As excellent as it is, it is unfortunately not available on VHS/DVD, nor does it get the recognition bestowed upon many of Davis' other, and dare I say, lesser movies.

Davis plays writer Kit Marlowe, a woman who is unable to find true happiness as she selflessly puts the needs of her childhood friend, Milly(Miriam Hopkins), ahead of her own desires. Milly, a self-absorbed, insecure - even childlike - housewife is constantly in competition with Kit. As the two woman have successes over the years, their friendship endures strains, but never totally collapses. The battle between them even extends to Milly's teenage daughter(Dolores Moran)during the later years of their lives.

Davis nails the cattiness, insecurity and self-effacing humor that embodies Kit. Hopkins also succeeds as Milly. Even though Milly's self-destructive jealousies border on tedious and Hopkins almost succumbs to over-acting, Hopkins manages to pull back the reigns just in time. As good as "Old Acquaintance" is, however, there are moments that just don't ring true. For example, why wouldn't a teenage Deirdre(Moran)recognize her own father(John Loder), even if she hadn't seen him in a decade? Surely she would have seen a photo or had a faint memory. Despite that, though, this is a great classic just waiting to be restored and released. Fine writing, classic lines, smooth direction and stellar performances are what drive this film. One of Davis' finest and a shining entry into the women's genre.

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