The Old Maid

The Old Maid (1939)

Vividly, unforgettably, a woman's love starved soul is revealed. All those strange secrets she locks in her heart ... moments of rapture and of heartbreak ... longings that no man can fathom. Of these has the year's finest picture been woven!

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1939-08-16
  • User Rating: 7.1/10 from 47 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 35min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Edmund Goulding
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From 47 Ratings


The lives of two cousins are complicated by the return of an ex-boyfriend and an illegitimate child.

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  • Bette Davis

    as Charlotte Lovell
  • Miriam Hopkins

    as Delia Lovell Ralston
  • George Brent

    as Clem Spender
  • Donald Crisp

    as Doctor Lanskell
  • Jane Bryan

    as Clementina
  • Louise Fazenda

    as Dora
  • James Stephenson

    as Jim Ralston
  • Jerome Cowan

    as Joe Ralston
  • William Lundigan

    as Lanning Halsey
  • Cecilia Loftus

    as Grandmother Lovell
  • Rand Brooks

    as Jim
  • Janet Shaw

    as Dee
  • William Hopper

    as John
  • William A. Boardway

    as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
  • Sidney Bracey

    as Charles the Butler (uncredited)
  • Marlene Burnett

    as Tina as a Child (uncredited)
  • Frederick Burton

    as Mr. Halsey (uncredited)
  • Ricardo Lord Cezon

    as Little Boy (uncredited)
  • Oliver Cross

    as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
  • Jack George

    as First Orchestra Leader / Violinist (uncredited)
  • Sol Gorss

    as Departing Soldier at Train Station (uncredited)
  • Winifred Harris

    as Mrs. Halsey (uncredited)
  • Stuart Holmes

    as Man at Train Station (uncredited)
  • Lois James

    as Girl (uncredited)
  • Carl M. Leviness

    as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
  • Doris Lloyd

    as Miss Ford (uncredited)
  • Richard Neill

    as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
  • Alexander Pollard

    as Servant (uncredited)
  • Raymond Rayhill Powell

    as Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
  • Ellinor Vanderveer

    as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
  • Florence Wix

    as Townswoman at Railroad Station (uncredited)
Writing Edith Wharton Novel
Writing Casey Robinson Screenplay
Directing Edmund Goulding Director
Writing Zoe Akins Theatre Play
Editing George Amy Editor
Camera Tony Gaudio Director of Photography
Sound Max Steiner Original Music Composer
Art Robert M. Haas Art Direction
Production Henry Blanke Associate Producer
Directing Jack Sullivan Assistant Director
Costume & Make-Up Perc Westmore Makeup Artist
Production Hal B. Wallis Executive Producer
Costume & Make-Up Orry-Kelly Costume Design
Sound C.A. Riggs Sound
Sound Hugo Friedhofer Orchestrator
Sound Leo F. Forbstein Music Director