The Old Maid
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The Old Maid
When ZoŽ Akins' play The Old Maid (based on a novel by Edith Wharton) won the 1934-1935 Pulitzer Prize, the selection was roundly condemned by critics, who felt that Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour was more deserving, but had lost because of its lesbian theme. Certainly, Akins' story of the relationship between two Southern cousins in the years between 1833 and 1854 is nothing spectacular. Delia Lovell marries James Ralston, leaving her old beau Clem Spender out in the cold. Delia's cousin Charlotte comforts Clem by spending the night with him. Charlotte becomes… More

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"A well-oiled assembly of betrayals, vendettas, and maternal passion plays"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Bette Davis at the peak of her acting chops, a brilliant, melodramatic role."
‑ Steve Crum,
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