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
I'm the maiden aunt. Every family has one you know.
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complained about Max Steiner
's Academy Award-winning musical score, saying that it was too intrusive on her performance. See more
The position of Charlotte's mother's hand on the bed (when she is talking to Charlotte in her room after Charlotte returns from the cruise) changes between shots. See more
Remember what it says in the Bible, "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away."
How does it feel to be the Lord?
Not so very wonderful, since the Free Will Bill was passed. Too little power.
Featured in The Brothers Warner
(ca. 1755) (uncredited)
Traditional music of English origin
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