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Old Acquaintance (1943)

Passed | | 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.

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

John Van Druten (screenplay), Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Katherine 'Kit' Marlowe
Miriam Hopkins ... Midred 'Millie' Drake
Gig Young ... Rudd Kendall
John Loder ... Preston Drake
Dolores Moran ... Deirdre'DeDe' Drake
Phillip Reed ... Lucian Grant (as Philip Reed)
Roscoe Karns ... Charlie Archer
Anne Revere ... Belle Carter
Esther Dale ... Harriet
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Storyline

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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Together Again! in their greatest emotional triumph

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'impossible amour See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Inside joke: The star of the Broadway play written by Bette Davis' character is a difficult actress named "Julia Broadbank" - a pretty obvious allusion to Tallulah Bankhead, with whom Davis had a famously acrimonious relationship after Davis landed film versions of Dark Victory and The Little Foxes, both of which had been stage triumphs for Bankhead. See more »

Goofs

Kit is in bed smoking a cigarette. The cigarette is almost to her finger and the next moment it is longer. See more »

Quotes

Kit Marlowe: There comes a time in every woman's life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.
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Connections

Referenced in All About Bette (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional 18th century Scottish music
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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A finely mounted soap
13 February 2003 | by willowgreenSee all my reviews

Just why this unusually literate, fairly intelligent and very well-acted film isn't yet available on video is a mystery. Bette Davis does a beautiful job playing writer Kit Marlowe and Miriam Hopkins, while a little overripe at times, does a fine job as her best friend and sometime nemesis, Millie Drake. The supporting cast is first-rate: Gig Young is very appealing and handsome in one of his earliest film roles, Dolores Moran is both sensitive and cheeky as Hopkin's confused daughter, and Esther Dale is splendid as Ms Marlowe's maid. The film revolves around Davis and Hopkins, their mutual friendship, jealousies via a love triangle, and their rivalry as authors: Davis is the noble, staid serious writer of quality literature, whereas Hopkins becomes wildly successful as the writer of sensational trashy love stories. The rather bland John Loder plays Millie's husband who takes a shine to Kit.


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