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Now, Voyager (1942)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 31 October 1942 (USA)
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A frumpy spinster blossoms under therapy and becomes an elegant, independent woman.



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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Release Date:

31 October 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Estranha Passageira  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film had a budget of $761,000 and a 42 day shooting schedule. 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 »


Tina Durrance: [to Jerry] Do you like me?
Jerry: [looking at Charlotte] I love you.
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Night and Day
(1932) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Played offscreen on piano at the pre-concert party
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Ugly duckling turns into a swan
14 March 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

At the height of WWII, Hollywood produced a lot of excellent melodramas. These were the vehicles the studios created for its stars of that era. It was either a Joan Crawford picture, or a Barbara Stanwyck, or a Bette Davis one, since their presence, bigger than life, was the only reason to bring these stories to the big screen.

Take this one, for instance, under the direction of Irving Rapper. It had all the right elements, yet it was chaste enough to pass the censor. Undoubtedly, this movie owes a lot to the fantastic score by the talented Max Steiner who was a genius. Mr. Steiner's music plays the haunting melodies with such flair, we feel we are listening to a great symphonic work.

The story, by today's standards wouldn't raise an eyebrow. At the time it came out, it was a different thing. After all, Jerry was a married man with a daughter and a situation that had no easy solution then. That makes Charlotte Vale suffer after she found her soul mate aboard the ship that served to free herself from a despotic mother.

Bette Davis plays Charlotte to perfection. Her scenes with Paul Hendried lighting the two cigarettes is something to cherish by film fans. The chemistry that Bette Davis shared with her leading men was no small accomplishment. She was an actress that knew how to pull the heart strings of the general public. She had such a charisma and power to lose herself in all those strong women she played through the years. The transformation of the plain Charlotte to the smart woman, who embarks on a tour to begin a new life, is something out of a fairy tale, but Ms. Davis pulls it with great panache.

The rest of the cast was excellent. Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper, Bonita Granville, Ilka Chase! They only come once in a lifetime. No one in present day Hollywood comes near to that. It was perfection.

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