Overweight Boston spinster Charlotte is a repressed, self-esteemless woman completely dominated by her wealthy mother, Mrs. Henry Vale. When her sister-in-law Lisa Vale brings her friend Dr. Jaquith, a renowned psychiatrist, to visit Charlotte, he invites her to spend some time in his sanitarium. Soon Charlotte transforms into a sophisticated, confident woman and takes a cruise to South America. She meets married architect Jerry Durrance and they have a love affair in Rio de Janeiro. Six months later she returns home and confronts her mother with her independence. One day they have an argument and her mother has a heart attack and dies. Charlotte inherits the Vale fortune but feels guilty for her mother's death. She decides to return to Dr. Jaquith's sanitarium, where she befriends Jerry's 12-year-old daughter Tina, who has been rejected by her mother. Charlotte takes Tina home to Boston with her and one day Jerry brings Dr. Jaquith to visit them there. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Did You Know?
Charlotte's relationship to Lisa (played by Ilka Chase
) is never made clear in the movie; in the novel Lisa is the widow of Charlotte's late brother Rupert. A subplot of the novel, cut from the movie, deals with Lisa's remarriage and the family's disapproval. See more
After sending the wire to his wife, Jerry's position alternates between having only his right arm on the table and leaning forward on the table with both arms. 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.
In An Old Dutch Garden (By An Old Dutch Mill)
Music by Will Grosz
Played in the drugstore where Charlotte takes Tina for ice cream See more