The Old Maid. If I thought that Hopkins was straining to out-act Davis in The Old Maid, though, that's nothing compared to what she does in Old Acquaintance, in which she and Davis play unusually close best friends. Once again Davis plays the quieter, more sensible one, and once again she gives a fairly subdued, internal performance in contrast to Hopkins' histrionics. Those histrionics are so heightened here, though, that Hopkins is nearly impossible to watch. Her character is already unlikable enough to start with, a spoiled housewife who becomes even more insufferable when she starts writing trashy romance novels that bring in loads of money. Davis plays a fellow writer who takes more time with her work and reaches a much more limited audience.