Item Description
Old Acquaintance (1943) Brand New!
Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins--a pair of actresses who hated
each other--re-mix their chemistry from
The Old Maid in
Old Acquaintance, an entertaining adaptation of John Van
Druten's play. The action begins with Davis, a semi-famous author,
returning to her small town and the home of old friend Hopkins. The
later has opted for the settled life of husband and pregnancy, and
she doesn't much hide her envy of Davis's success. Then the tables
turn, as Hopkins pens a series of potboilers that sell much better
than her friend-rival's. The movie keeps checking up on these two
as the years pass, each wanting what the other has. It kicks around
such staples as career vs. family, but what comes across most
memorably in
Old Acquaintance is the friendship between the two
characters despite their rivalry; in that sense, the best scene in
the film is the last scene. Hopkins has the flashy role, a silly
ninny who seemingly never stops screeching, and Davis takes the
more centered, self-effacing part. (By the way, Davis said that a
scene in which she wears men's pajama tops caused a bit of a vogue
at the time.) The men are in the background, although John Loder
does a nice job of layering a gentle humor to Hopkins'
long-suffering husband. Gig Young, in one of his earliest roles, is
almost unrecognizable as a Davis paramour. Vincent Sherman (
Mr. Skeffington) directed this example of the "women's
picture," the kind of movie that kept Bette Davis the queen of the
Warner Bros. lot. It was nicely remade by director George Cukor in
1981 as
Rich and Famous, with Jacqueline Bisset and Candice
--Robert Horton
Product Details
Bette Davis
Miriam Hopkins
Gig Young
John Loder
Dolores Moran
Chuck Jones
Ralph Staub
Vincent Sherman
Ralph Staub
Edmund Goulding
John Van Druten
Lenore J. Coffee
Michael Maltese
Format: Full Screen, Dubbed, DVD, Subtitled,
Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French
(Dolby Digital 1.0)
Subtitles: Spanish, French
Region: Region 1 (
U.S. and Canada only. Read more about
DVD formats.
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
Run Time: 110 minutes