1931-1940ClassicsDramaEdmund GouldingUSA

Edmund Goulding – The Old Maid (1939)

The movie is about two cousins, Charlotte (Bette Davis) and Delia (Miriam Hopkins), who are in love with the same man (George Brent). Originally he was to marry Delia but looses her to a rich rival. He then turns to Charlotte. He is killed in the fighting before he and Charlotte can marry. Charlotte becomes an unwed mother, an impossible situation for a young woman in the mid-nineteenth century. Charlotte hides the baby among a group of civil war orphans she cares for. She later accepts recently-widowed Delia’s big house, where she installs herself and her daughter, who is told that she’s an orphan. The little girl turns to Delia for mothering while once-lovely Charlotte deteriorates into a bitter, sharp tongued woman known as Aunt Charlotte. The New York Times is quoted as saying that Bette Davis in the role of Charlotte “gives a poignant and wise performance” and Leonard Maltin gets himself quoted as well babbling on about how Davis and co-star Miriam Hopkins “create fireworks”. Whatever the reviews – they were mostly raves – most critics agree that Davis’ performance in the Old Maid is one of the best of her long career.

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