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 into 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 where 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
I'm the maiden aunt. Every family has one you know.
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Did You Know?
The film is remembered for the scene in which Paul Henreid
places two cigarettes in his mouth, lights them and then passes one to Bette Davis
. This wasn't an original idea, a similar exchange occurred ten years earlier between Ruth Chatterton
and George Brent
in The Rich Are Always with Us
(1932), which happens to have Bette Davis in it. Director Rapper subsequently called Henreid "a liar" for claiming he thought of it, and the director pointed out it had been done in a D. W. Griffith film in 1917. See more
As June and Charlotte enter the drawing room after June's arrival, their position relative to each other changes between shots. See more
Cigarette, Aunt Charlotte?
[Offering her cigarette case
They're cork-tipped. Make sure you get the right end.
Thanks for the instructions, Roly-Poly.
If I were you, June, I'd give up.
Referenced in The Royal Tenenbaums
Night and Day
Written by Cole Porter
Played offscreen on piano at the pre-concert party See more