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Director:
Writers:
Casey Robinson (screenplay)
Olive Higgins Prouty (from the novel by)
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Release Date:
31 October 1942 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Today Her Greatest! For a woman there's always an excuse . . . See more »
Plot:
Boston spinster blossoms under therapy and finds impossible romance. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Great Quest See more (123 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Davis ... Charlotte Vale

Paul Henreid ... Jerry Durrance

Claude Rains ... Dr. Jaquith

Gladys Cooper ... Mrs. Henry Vale

Bonita Granville ... June Vale
John Loder ... Elliot Livingston
Ilka Chase ... Lisa Vale
Lee Patrick ... 'Deb' McIntyre

Franklin Pangborn ... Mr. Thompson
Katharine Alexander ... Miss Trask (as Katherine Alexander)
James Rennie ... Frank McIntyre

Mary Wickes ... Dora Pickford
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tod Andrews ... Dr. Dan Regan (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Party Guest (uncredited)
David Clyde ... William (uncredited)

Yola d'Avril ... Celestine (uncredited)
Frank Dae ... Passenger (uncredited)
Donald Douglas ... George Weston (uncredited)
Charles Drake ... Leslie Trotter (uncredited)
Claire Du Brey ... Hilda (uncredited)
Elspeth Dudgeon ... Aunt Hester (uncredited)
Bill Edwards ... Passenger (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Passenger (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Concert Audience Member (uncredited)
Reed Hadley ... Henry Montague (uncredited)
Sheila Hayward ... Katie (uncredited)
Bill Kennedy ... Hamilton Hunneker (uncredited)
George Lessey ... Uncle Herbert (uncredited)
Lester Matthews ... Captain (uncredited)
Corbet Morris ... Hilary (uncredited)
Tempe Pigott ... Mrs. Smith (uncredited)
Hilda Plowright ... Justine (uncredited)
Frank Puglia ... Giuseppe (uncredited)
Constance Purdy ... Rosa (uncredited)
Georges Renavent ... M. Henri (uncredited)
Dorothy Vaughan ... Woman (uncredited)
Janis Wilson ... Tina Durrance (uncredited)
Isabel Withers ... Passenger (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Lloyd (uncredited)
Charlotte Wynters ... Grace Weston (uncredited)

Directed by
Irving Rapper 
 
Writing credits
Casey Robinson (screenplay)

Olive Higgins Prouty (from the novel by)

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Sol Polito (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Warren Low 
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
 
Set Decoration by
Fred M. MacLean (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Martha Acker .... hair (uncredited)
Edwin Allen .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Al Alleborn .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emmett Emerson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sherry Shourds .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Scotty Moore .... props (uncredited)
John More .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Willard Van Enger .... special effects
 
Stunts
Audrey Scott .... stunt double: Bette Davis (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Cramer .... best boy (uncredited)
Frank Evans .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Al Green .... camera operator (uncredited)
Harold Noyes .... grip (uncredited)
Charles O'Bannon .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bert Six .... stills (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Dery .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Rydo Loshak .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Marguerite Royce .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Don Siegel .... montages
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Edward A. Blatt .... dialogue director (as Edward Blatt)
Don Siegel .... montages
George Becker .... stand-in (uncredited)
Meta Carpenter .... script clerk (uncredited)
Phyllis Clark .... stand-in (uncredited)
Gilberto Souto .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.) (as A Warner Bros. First National Picture also)
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Runtime:
117 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:o.Al. | Iceland:L | South Korea:15 | Sweden:Btl | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (re-release) (re-rating) (2008) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #8341)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The screenplay is a fairly faithful adaptation of the novel, except that in the book Charlotte takes a Mediterranean cruise, not a South American one.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At one point when Charlotte and Jerry have a drink, the way she holds her drink and cigarette changes several times between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Jasquith:I thought you said you came here to have a nervous breakdown.
Charlotte:About that, I've decided not to have one.
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Soundtrack:
Symphony No. 6 in B Minor (Pathétique)See more »

FAQ

What is 'Now, Voyager' about?
Are there any differences between the novel and the movie?
What were those terrible things that Charlotte's mother found hidden in Charlotte's bookshelves?
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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
The Great Quest, 22 May 2006
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Bette Davis plays Charlotte Vale, an unmarried and very unhappy plain-Jane who lives with, and is under the emotional control of, her wealthy, domineering, matriarchal mother (Gladys Cooper). Help for Charlotte arrives in the person of Dr. Jaquith (Claude Rains), who suggests a different living environment, and eventually a new direction in life. Charlotte thus sets out on a voyage of discovery, or quest, to find herself and her potential for happiness and love.

The film starts off Gothic, but gradually translates to a love story with lots of twists and turns. The underlying premise is sound, but the plot is overwrought, drawn out, and talky. Small sections of the film's middle section could have been expunged, to tighten the plot. And the dialogue could have been reduced in places, which would have rendered a film of even greater impact. Nevertheless, the film still tells a great story.

The B&W cinematography ranges from good to excellent. In one scene, special effects create an image wherein Charlotte's eyes overlap her mother's face. It is a visually stunning image, and it wonderfully captures the film's timeless theme, the painful process whereby a grown child must confront an overbearing parent, if that child is to grow and gain adult independence.

The film's costumes are interesting. And Max Steiner's original score adds emotional texture to the story. But it is the acting that really makes this film a classic. Except for her work in "All About Eve", Bette Davis gives as good a performance here as in any film of hers that I have seen. Claude Rains and Paul Henreid are good in support roles. And the never smiling Gladys Cooper is stunningly effective as the matron saint of outdated Victorian Puritanism.

Despite its cryptic title, taken from a poem by Walt Whitman, this film presents viewers with a story that most people can identify with, in one way or another. "Now, Voyager" transcends its hyperbolic working script, and compels attention through its cinematography, its music, and especially the acting of Gladys Cooper and Bette Davis.

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