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Now, Voyager (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 31 October 1942 (USA)
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A frumpy spinster blossoms under therapy and becomes an elegant, independent woman.

Director:

Irving Rapper

Writers:

Casey Robinson (screenplay), Olive Higgins Prouty (from the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Charlotte Vale
Paul Henreid ... Jeremiah (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
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Storyline

Boston spinster Charlotte has had her life controlled entirely by her mother; a wealthy mother, Mrs. Henry Vale. Feeling despondent, she's convinced to spend some time in a sanitarium. Soon, Charlotte's transformed into a sophisticated, confident woman. On a cruise to South America, Charlotte meets, and begins a torrid affair with Jerry Durrance, a married architect. 6 months later, she returns home, and confronts her mother with her independence. One day, after a brief argument, her mother has a heart attack and dies. Charlotte inherits the Vale fortune but feels guilty for her mother's death. She returns to the sanitarium, where she befriends a depressed, young adolescent, named Tina. The young girls' depression brought on by having been rejected by her mother; Charlotte's former lover, Jerry's wife. Charlotte takes Tina home to Boston with her Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Today Her Greatest! For a woman there's always an excuse . . . See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

31 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Estranha Passageira See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Now Voyager" was actually the third book in a five-part saga of the Vales, a high-class Boston family, written by Olive Higgins Prouty over a 12-year period from 1936 to 1947. When Warner Brothers bought the film rights to the novel, Prouty wrote a lengthy letter to her literary agent, setting out how she felt the production should be mounted. She felt strongly that the best way to dramatize the flashbacks would be to feature short silent segments woven into the main sound narrative. Her letter made its way to producer Hal B. Wallis at Warners, who subsequently ignored her suggestions. Prouty wrote the next novel in the series, "Home Port," with an eye to it being filmed, and while a script exists, it was never produced. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

June: Cigarette, Aunt Charlotte?
[Offering her cigarette case]
Charlotte Vale: Thank you.
[taking one]
June: They're cork-tipped. Make sure you get the right end.
Charlotte Vale: Thanks for the instructions, Roly-Poly.
Lisa Vale: If I were you, June, I'd give up.
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Perfidia
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Alberto Domínguez
Played as dance music in the Rio Club
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Ugly duckling turns into a swan
14 March 2004 | by jotix100See 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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