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
IN THE Arms OF ANOTHER WOMAN'S MAN...SHE FINDS Her MAN! (original print ad - almost all caps)
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Did You Know?
The film is remembered for the scene in which Paul Henreid
places two cigarettes in his mouth, lights them and then passes one to Bette Davis
. This wasn't an original idea, a similar exchange occurred ten years earlier between Ruth Chatterton
and George Brent
in The Rich Are Always with Us
(1932), which happens to have Bette Davis in it. Director Rapper subsequently called Henreid "a liar" for claiming he thought of it, and the director pointed out it had been done in a D. W. Griffith film in 1917. See more
In the beginning of the movie, Charlotte"s mother tells the doctor that she had three boys and then this girl. Later in the film, Charlotte asks her mother when the father was setting up a trust for the two boys, why he didn't provide a trust for her as well. See more
An architect! I could cry with pride.
Referenced in Allied
(ca. 1755) (uncredited)
Traditional music of English origin
Variation in the score when the Statue of Liberty is onscreen See more