Academy Award winner Bette Davis stars with Paul Henreid in one of thegreatest screen romances of all time--Now, Voyager.Young Charlotte Vale (Davis) leads a deeply repressed life, sufferingunder a domineering mother, until psychiatrist Dr. Jaquith (ClaudeRains) encourages her to emerge from her cocoon. On a trans-Atlanticvoyage, Vale falls in love with Jerry Durrence (Paul Henreid), who istrapped in a loveless marriage. Rather than break up Durrence'smarriage, Vale becomes a surrogate mother to his emotionally disturbeddaughter, rescuing her from the fate from which she was rescued by Dr.Jaquith.]]>
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Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) is the browbeaten daughter of an overbearing Boston matriarch who had her late in life and apparently did not want her. She is treated like a servant, with the difference that she cannot quit. Her sister invites Dr. Jaquith (Claude Rains) to visit, and suggests they not let on that he is a noted psychiatrist. But mother lets the cat out of the bag in no time, and makes it quite clear to the good doctor exactly why Charlotte is so depressed, self-loathing, bitter. He tells her mother that she is gravely ill and suggests she come to his sanitarium for a few weeks.
Once there, free of her mother at last, she does well until the doctor suggests she is improving so much she could go home soon. Her reaction to this convinces him to suggest she take an ocean cruise instead. It was very smart of him.
She got the last available stateroom due to a last-minute cancellation by a popular performer apparently known to Charlotte, although perhaps she was a radio performer or a singer, because no one seems to know what she looks like. So when Charlotte comes on board, they call her by the French lady's name. Also, the glamorous lady's wardrobe was already on board, so Charlotte could use her clothes. In fact, there were little notes pinned on them encouraging Charlotte to use them, and suggesting which shoes go with which outfit, and so on.
Also on board this cruise is Jerry Durrance (Paul Henreid), unhappily married, father of two, and a frustrated architect. Naturally these two are attracted to each other.Read more ›
While the print of the film presented here is perfect, it is disappointing that the only extra is the original trailer. Surely an expert commentary was warranted, particularly when they were made available on many lesser Davis vehicles. At least the DVD can be purchased sometimes at a bargain price.
Enter psychiatrist Dr. Jaquith, played by the delightful Claude Rains, and a stay at his luxurious sanitarium far away from her mother, and Charlotte's life is transformed.
Weight loss, an eyebrow trim and a heavy dose of self-confidence and Charlotte is transformed into a true beauty. Her next adventure is to take a cruise on her own with her new self. Soon she finds true love and brief romance with the very much married Jerry, played by a dashing but somber Paul Henreid.
Charlotte's life is changed for ever through a love that can only continue in her heart and dreams. She returns to her mother's home with a new sense of independence and Jerry forever in her heart.
At this point, the story begins to drag. The beauty in this film is Charlotte's blossoming into a fine and lovely lady with a future. It would have been enjoyable to see more of Jerry and Charlotte on the cruise, but all good things must end. Charlotte returns home and tries to start her life again. She is transformed and eventually finds a way to see Jerry again.
NOW, VOYAGER is a true classic in every sense of the word. Here are several of Warner Brothers' top actors together in one of Warner's classic 1940's films--a time when studios were cranking out films week after week and the quality never suffered.
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TITLE: Now, Voyager (1942) • NR • 1:57:35
Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys... Read more
Love this movie. It is in new condition. Very happy with this purchase.Published 1 month ago by Linda R
Excellent movie one to watch over and over. Wonderful actorsPublished 4 months ago by Mary Pohlschmidt