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The Old Maid (1939) was a Drama - Black-and-white Film directed by Edmund Goulding and produced by Hal B. Wallis and Henry Blanke.

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Watching 1939: The Old Maid

on Aug 16, 2018 From Comet Over Hollywood

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them.?As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, tha... Read full article


The Old Maid (1939) (2)

By Beatrice on Jan 24, 2014 From Flickers in Time

The Old Maid Directed by Edmund Goulding Written by Casey Robinson based on the stage play by Zoe Akins and the novel by Edith Wharton 1939/USA Warner Bros. First viewing/Netflix rental It’s not a bad movie but this tear-jerker did not particularly move me. During the Civil War, Delia Lovell (... Read full article


The Old Maid (1939).

By Dawn Sample on Oct 18, 2012 From Noir and Chick Flicks

The Old Maid (1939). Director: Edmund Goulding. The screenplay by Casey Robinson is based on the 1935 Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same title by Zo? Akins, which was adapted from the 1924 Edith Wharton novella The Old Maid: the fifties. On the day of Delia Lovell's wedding to socially promine... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE OLD MAID (1939)

By Jennifer Garlen on Sep 18, 2012 From Virtual Virago

In 1938 Bette Davis had starred in Jezebel as a Southern belle whose unconventional behavior brought her misery and loneliness. In 1939, Davis and a number of her Jezebel cohorts returned for another Civil War love story in The Old Maid, in which Davis plays a Northern debutante whose unconventional... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE OLD MAID (1939)

By Jennifer Garlen on Sep 18, 2012 From Virtual Virago

In 1938 Bette Davis had starred in Jezebel as a Southern belle whose unconventional behavior brought her misery and loneliness. In 1939, Davis and a number of her Jezebel cohorts returned for another Civil War love story in The Old Maid, in which Davis plays a Northern debutante whose unconventional... Read full article


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Quotes from

Charlotte Lovell: She thinks I can't understand her. She considers me an old maid.
Delia Lovell Ralston: My dear.
Charlotte Lovell: A ridiculous, narrow-minded old maid. What else can she ever think of me?
Delia Lovell Ralston: Poor Charlotte.
Charlotte Lovell: Oh, but you needn't pity me. Because she's really mine. If she considers me an old maid, it's because I've deliberately made myself one in her eyes. I've done it from the beginning so she wouldn't have the least suspicion. I've practised everything I've ever had to say to her, if it was important, so that I'd sound like an old maid aunt talking. Not her mother.
Delia Lovell Ralston: Well, after all, darling, there isn't anything important to say to her now. She has every attribute of a modern successful woman - she's healthy, she's young, she's gay, she's attractive...


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Facts about

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onOctober 30, 1939 with Miriam Hopkins reprising her film role.
The 1935 Pulitzer Prize-winning play opened at the Empire Theatre in New York on Jan. 7, 1935 and ran for 305 performances. The leads were played by Judith Anderson and Helen Menken. Marjorie Lord, who later gained fame as the wife of Danny Thomas on TV's The Danny Thomas Show, was a replacement cast member in a supporting role. Producer-Director Ernst Lubitsch bought the rights to the play, intending to star both Judith Anderson and Helen Menken in a Paramount production, but he sold the rights to Warner Bros. in Jan. 1939.
Humphrey Bogart was originally cast as the male lead, but dismissed after four days' filming.
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