Bette Davis: Hollywood Rebel

Old Acquaintance

Bette Davis is pitted against Miriam Hopkins in this compelling tale of frenemies.

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USA 1943
Dir Vincent Sherman
With Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, Gig Young, John Loder
Certificate PG

A successful writer (Davis) and her childhood friend (Hopkins) find themselves at odds when the latter becomes a writer herself and creates an unhealthy rivalry between them that extends to their families and relationships. The real-life feud between Hollywood heavyweights Davis and Hopkins underpins the one on screen, and makes for compelling viewing.

35mm print courtesy of the Packard Humanities Institute Collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive.