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.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I'm the maiden aunt. Every family has one you know.
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Did You Know?
Filming went a few weeks over schedule, which in turn caused some conflicts with Casablanca
(1942), which also starred Claude Rains
and Paul Henreid
. Rains finished work on this movie on June 3rd in 1942 and did his first scene on Casablanca
(1942) at 10:30 the next morning. See more
When Charlotte and Jerry meet on the balcony in Rio, she comments that it is "disgracefully late"... Jerry tells her "It's only a little before dinner in Boston, you know..."
There is only one hour difference in the time zones for Boston, Mass and Rio, so this makes no sense. See more
You know, there's nothing like these old Boston homes anywhere. Here on Marlborough Street or Beacon Hill, you see them standing in a row like bastions: firm, proud, resisting the new. Houses turned in upon themselves, hugging their pride.
Well, I wouldn't know about that. I don't put much faith in scientific terms. I leave that to the fakers and the writers of books.
Night and Day
Written by Cole Porter
Played offscreen on piano at the pre-concert party See more