Review: ‘Old Acquaintance’

Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins were schoolgirl chums. With former leaving home town to carve literary career, while latter settles to happy marriage to John Loder, Davis returns for lecture and, as guest of former pal, finds her with child and writer of hot sexy novels which she agrees to read and submit to publishers.

Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins were schoolgirl chums. With former leaving home town to carve literary career, while latter settles to happy marriage to John Loder, Davis returns for lecture and, as guest of former pal, finds her with child and writer of hot sexy novels which she agrees to read and submit to publishers.

Eight years later, Hopkins is a successful pop novelist and hits New York with Loder and daughter for opening of Davis’ play. Latter sees pending breakup of marriage, tries to prevent it, even though Loder tells of his walkout and real love for her.

Next episode unfolds another 10 years, with Loder now an army major, renewing acquaintance with Davis, but latter is being romanced by Gig Young, 10 years her junior. Moving swiftly to involvement, dramatics tosses young daughter into arms of Young, Loder is engaged to another woman, and the two schoolgal chums find themselves together and alone for mutual companionship.

John Van Druten and Lenore Coffee have devised fine script from the [former’s 1940] original play, deftly moulding it to particular dramatic talents of Hopkins-Davis, while Vincent Sherman provides fine directing job.

Old Acquaintance

Production

Warner. Director Vincent Sherman; Producer Henry Blanke; Screenplay John Van Druten, Lenore Coffee; Camera Sol Polito; Editor [uncredited]; Music Franz Waxman; Art Director John Hughes

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 110 MIN.

With

Bette Davis Miriam Hopkins Gig Young John Loder Dolores Moran Philip Reed

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