Writer Kit Marlowe (Bette Davis) possesses one thing all her own: literary acclaim. But the rest of her life is lived second-hand. Her melodramatic best friend Millie (Miriam Hopkins), who pens trashy potboilers, has the husband Kit loves and child Kit yearns to call her own. Yet through 20 years of friendship, Kit keeps her claws sheathed as volatile Millie smashes crockery and has the vapors. Then Kit meets an exciting new man, Millie throws a tantrum - and the claws finally come out. Often hilarious and always moving, Old Acquaintance (remade as 1981's Rich and Famous) is the delicous tale of two lifetimes. Davis and Hopkins are simply magnificent as they love, blame, battle and forgive their way through a dead-on depiction of what we all gain - and lose - in a lasting friendship.
This Bette Davis movie from 1934 finds her playing Kit Marlowe, an acclaimed author who tries to help her childhood friend Millie (Miriam Hopkins) to become a writer. Millie's talents don't extend beyond pulpy trash, but she ends up making more money than Kit, and the couple enters into a lengthy feud. Hopkings and Davis reunite on-screen after acting together in 1939's THE OLD MAID, and it's alleged that they didn't see eye-to-eye on the set of OLD ACQUAINTANCE, leading critics to ponder how much of their real-life hatred spilled over into the characters.