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Old Acquaintance (1943) was a Drama - Black-and-white Film directed by Vincent Sherman and produced by Henry Blanke and Jack L. Warner.

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Classic Films in Focus: OLD ACQUAINTANCE (1943)

By Jennifer Garlen on Feb 7, 2020 From Virtual Virago

Old Acquaintance (1943) is primarily famous today for a scene in which Bette Davis violently shakes her off screen nemesis Miriam Hopkins and then offers a very insincere "sorry" to her victim, but if you watch the entire film you'll be completely on Bette's side about Miriam needing to be shaken. D... Read full article


Missed Opportunity with Old Acquaintance, Bette Davis

By Franchot Tone Fan on Jan 24, 2016 From Finding Franchot: Exploring the Life and Career of Franchot Tone

Source: www.amazon.com In 1942, Franchot Tone was all set to star in the upcoming Bette Davis drama Old Acquaintance until the Stabilization Act of 1942 changed his plans. In his executive order, President Roosevelt listed regulations to prevent inflation and protect the U.S. economy during wartime... Read full article


Old Acquaintance (1943)

By Beatrice on Sep 22, 2014 From Flickers in Time

Old Acquaintance Directed by Vincent Sherman Written by John Van Druten and Lenore J. Coffee from a play by Van Druten 1943/USA Warner Bros First viewing/Netflix rental Compared to Miriam Hopkins, Bette Davis looks like a method actress. Kit Marlow (Davis) and Millie Drake (Hopkins) have been best f... Read full article


Old Acquaintance (1943)

By Cameron on Dec 12, 2013 From The Blonde At The Film

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdreviews22/old_aquaintance_dvd_review.htm ? Unless otherwise noted, all images are my own Old Acquaintance?(1943)?is the story of two childhood friends who both grow up to be writers and fall in love with the same man, yet somehow remain buddies all the while. This fi... Read full article


Old Acquaintance (1943)

By Cameron on Dec 12, 2013 From The Blonde At The Film

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdreviews22/old_aquaintance_dvd_review.htm ? Unless otherwise noted, all images are my own Old Acquaintance?(1943)?is the story of two childhood friends who both grow up to be writers and fall in love with the same man, yet somehow remain buddies all the while. This fi... Read full article


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Kit Marlowe: If you'd just look at Millie's activities as confession of weakness, an admission that there's something essentially lacking in her nature, you'd find it a little touching and love her.
Preston Drake: You sound like one of Millie's books.


Kit Marlowe: Deidre, come out from behind that screen.
[a pause]
Kit Marlowe: Deidre, come out, or do you want me to come back there and drag you out.
Deirdre Drake: [emerging from behind screen] How did you know I was there?
Kit Marlowe: My dear, I was hiding behind screens before you were born.


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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Many cast members in studio records & casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Leona Maricle (Julia Broadbank), George Lessey (Dean), Joseph Crehan (Editor), Ann Codee (Madamoiselle), Creighton Hale (Stage manager), Pierre Watkin (Mr. Winter) and Frank Darien (Stage doorman). Other cast members such as Charles Sullivan, Jack Mower, Sam Harris, Herbert Rawlinson and all of the college girls were credited by barely seen.
Bette Davis personally requested the casting of Norma Shearer in the role of Mildred Drake. Shearer refused the role and the part went to Miriam Hopkins.
This film was the second collaboration of legendary arch-enemies Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins, (Their previous collaboration had been The Old Maid.) The fact that in 1939, Bette Davis had an affair with Miriam Hopkins' then-husband, director Anatole Litvak, only added to their mutual hatred. To their credit, the two actresses had a sense of humor about the situation and allowed publicity photographs to be taken of them facing each other wearing boxing gloves, with director Vincent Sherman between them.
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