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Old Acquaintance (1943)

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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

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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

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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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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film has been under common ownership with its 1981 remake ever since the remake was released. The year the remake was released, its distributor, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, acquired United Artists, which had owned the rights to the 1943 version since its 1958 purchase of Associated Artists Productions which had owned the pre-1950 Warner Bros. library. Turner Entertainment, a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System, bought the pre-1986 MGM library and the pre-1950 WB library from MGM/UA in 1986. 10 years later, WB regained its pre-1950 library, plus the pre-1986 MGM films, when its parent Time Warner purchased Turner, which continues to hold the copyrights to both film versions of the play, with Warner Bros. handling distribution. See more »

Goofs

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: [responding to a question about Millie's daughter Deidre] Well, she's really partly mine anyway. I was at the hospital when she was born. As a matter of fact, she gave me her first smile. Her mother said it was gas.
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Connections

Referenced in All About Bette (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Embraceable You
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Played as dance music at the Garden Center Club
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Friendships and self-sacrifice...
9 November 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Chatty, entertaining and well-acted drama with comedic trimmings has lifelong friends Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins both becoming writers: Davis, the literary authoress who charms the critics but can't score a bestseller; Hopkins, the fluttery, popular novelist of romantic fiction. Director Vincent Sherman does a good job at bringing this all to a boil, and yet there's too much breathless soap opera packed into the last act (the fault of the screenwriters, working from a play) and it eventually becomes fatiguing. Still, Hopkins does a high-wire act with her performance that is quite nimble (she's pitched very high but is never grating). Davis starts off very fresh and natural, but as her character ages and becomes glamorously middle-aged, Bette's affectations and mannerisms tread a self-parody; she's good throughout the film, yet one longs for more of that earthy quality she displays in the film's first hour. A fine "woman's picture" nevertheless, with some unusually good dialogue and well-paced sequences. *** from ****


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