Old Acquaintance

  • 1943
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Davis and Hopkins had been teamed by producer Blanke in another "old" picture when they did THE OLD MAID in 1939. Despite the friction between the two women, they got together again for this less-successful duet. Van Druten's play had been on Broadway about three years previously and he collaborated with Lenore Coffee on the screenplay, taking some liberties...read more

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Davis and Hopkins had been teamed by producer Blanke in another "old" picture when they did THE OLD MAID in 1939. Despite the friction between the two women, they got together again for this less-successful duet. Van Druten's play had been on Broadway about three years previously and he

collaborated with Lenore Coffee on the screenplay, taking some liberties with the original text. Davis is a best-selling author who comes back to her small town to acknowledge the plaudits of the folks. She stays at the home of Hopkins, a childhood friend who is now pregnant and happily married to

Loder. Hopkins is envious of her pal's success and writes a steamy novel of her own that Davis manages to get to the right eyes at her publishing company and Hopkins is soon a best-selling writer. Hopkins becomes the Jacqueline Susann of her era and turns out one hot potboiler after another, while

Davis spends her time writing what she considers to be more important creations. Years pass and Hopkins, Loder, and their daughter, Rufo, come to see Davis' new stage offering in New York. Loder is smitten by Davis, tells her he loves her, and even though she discourages him, he leaves Hopkins,

who has changed a great deal for the worse due to her new status as an author. Ten years later, Loder is now an officer during WW II, and meets Davis again. He's about to get married and so is she, to Young, a Navy officer 10 years her junior. Hopkins finds Loder and tries to put their marriage

back together but to no avail. When Loder admits he once loved Davis, Hopkins goes through the roof and screams at Davis for stealing her husband. Davis responds to the false charges by throttling Hopkins, then exiting. Davis now learns that Hopkins' daughter (played by Moran as a grown-up) is in

love with Young and he with her; Davis bows out and wishes the two kids well, knowing that her marriage to Young wasn't right for her anyhow. Davis visits Hopkins to tell her of Young and Moran, and they are pals again. Hopkins says she is going to write a roman a clef about her relationship with

Davis, if that's all right with Davis. The two women cement their old rifts and decide to remain bosom buddies as they face the rest of their lives with no one to talk to but each other. This could have been a wonderful comedy given that plot, but they opted for pathos and the result was just

another okay picture. Remade as RICH AND FAMOUS.

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  • Review: Davis and Hopkins had been teamed by producer Blanke in another "old" picture when they did THE OLD MAID in 1939. Despite the friction between the two women, they got together again for this less-successful duet. Van Druten's play had been on Broadway abou… (more)

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