Now, Voyager (1942)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  31 October 1942 (USA)
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Boston spinster blossoms under therapy and finds impossible romance.



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In Boston, the over-weight spinster Charlotte Vale is a repressed woman without self-esteem and completely dominated by her wealthy mother Mrs. Henry Vale. When her sister-in-law Lisa Vale brings the renowned psychiatrist Dr. Jaquith, who is her friend, to visit Charlotte, he invites her to spend some time in his sanatorium. Soon Charlotte transforms in a sophisticated and confident woman and travels in a cruise to South America. She meets architect Jerry Durrance, who is married, and they have a love affair in Rio de Janeiro. Six months later, she returns home and confronts her mother with her independence and own free will. One day, Charlotte has an argument with her mother and she dies of a heart attack. Charlotte becomes the heir of the Vale's fortune but she feels guilty for the death of her mother. She decides to return to Dr. Jaquith's sanatorium whether she befriends Tina, who is the twelve-year-old daughter of Jerry rejected by her mother. She brings the girl to her house in ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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IN THE Arms OF ANOTHER WOMAN'S MAN...SHE FINDS Her MAN! (original print ad - almost all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

31 October 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Estranha Passageira  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The love theme from this film was later used as background music in the seduction scene from Mildred Pierce (1945). See more »


When Charlotte first enters the room to meet Jaquith, her position changes; she is first at the steps near the doorway, but in the next cut she is close to her mother's chair. See more »


Dora Pickford: [about Mrs. Vale] She wants to see you.
Charlotte Vale: I know: "At once!"
Dora Pickford: She's had two hours' sleep and she's bright as a button! And mad, 'cause she smelled the fire and sent Hilda to investigate. Now, if I were you, I'd just let her blow off her steam. I put two tablespoons of sherry and a sleeping powder in her hot milk, so it shouldn't last long. I'll wait right outside the door.
Charlotte Vale: Dora, I suspect you're a treasure.
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Referenced in G.I. Joe: Lasers in the Night (1985) See more »


In An Old Dutch Garden (By An Old Dutch Mill)
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Will Grosz
Played in the drugstore where Charlotte takes Tina for ice cream
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22 September 2004 | by (TCM's Basement) – See all my reviews

This is what great film making is all about. Everything comes together in this classic movie, and Bette never looked more beautiful decked out in fabulous 1940's clothes designed by Orry-Kelly. Most everyone can relate to the downtrodden Charlotte Vale under the viscous thumb of her selfish mother. And who doesn't stand up and cheer when Charlotte defies her mother, finds love and starts to live her own life? Bette's performance is subdued, and there's no chewing up the scenery here because it's a great script that needs little enhancement. Filled with great lines and classic scenes, this is one film that every true classic film lover needs in their collection.

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