Now, Voyager

Now, Voyager

Director: Irving Rapper Cast: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

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Olive Higgins Prouty's popular novel Now, Voyager was transformed into nearly two hours of high-grade soap opera by several masters of the trade: Warner Bros., Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, director Irving Rapper, and screenwriter Casey Robinson. Davis plays repressed Charlotte Vale, dying on the vine thanks to her domineering mother (Gladys Cooper). All-knowing psychiatrist Dr. Jaquith (Claude Rains) urges Charlotte to make several radical changes in her life, quoting Walt Whitman's "Now, voyager, sail forth to seek and find." Slowly, Charlotte emerges from her cocoon of tight hairdos and severe clothing to blossom into a gorgeous fashion plate. While on a long ocean voyage, she falls in love with Jerry Durrence (Henreid), who is trapped in a loveless marriage. After kicking over the last of her traces at home, Charlotte selflessly becomes a surrogate mother to Jerry's emotionally disturbed daughter (a curiously uncredited Janis Wilson), who is on the verge of becoming the hysterical wallflower that Charlotte once was. An interim romance with another man (John Loder) fails to drive Jerry from Charlotte's mind. The film ends ambiguously; Jerry is still married, without much chance of being divorced from his troublesome wife, but the newly self-confident Charlotte is willing to wait forever if need be. "Don't ask for the moon," murmurs Charlotte as Max Steiner's romantic music reaches a crescendo; "we have the stars." In addition to this famous line, Now, Voyager also features the legendary "two cigarettes" bit, in which Henreid places two symbolic cigarettes between his lips, lights them both, and hands one to Charlotte. The routine would be endlessly lampooned in subsequent films, once by Henreid himself in the satirical sword-and-sandal epic Siren of Baghdad (1953).

Product Details

Release Date: 11/26/2019
UPC: 0715515237918
Original Release: 1942
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 147

Special Features

SDH Subtitles Episode of The Dick Cavett Show from 1971 featuring actor Bette Davis Interview with actor Paul Henreid from 1980 New selected-scene commentary on the film's score by scholar Jeff Smith New interview with film critic Farran Smith Nehme on the making of the film New interview with costume historian Larry McQueen Two radio adaptations from 1943 and 1946

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Charlotte Vale
Paul Henreid Jerry D. Durrance
Claude Rains Dr. Jaquith
Bonita Granville June Vale
Gladys Cooper Mrs. Henry Windle Vale
Ilka Chase Lisa Vale
John Loder Elliot Livingston
Lee Patrick Deb McIntyre
Franklin Pangborn Mr. Thompson
Charles Drake Leslie Trotter
Mary Wickes Dora Pickford
James Rennie Frank McIntyre
David Clyde William
Frank Puglia Manoel
Frank Dae Passenger
Donald Douglas George Weston
Bill Edwards Actor
Janis Wilson Tina Durrance
Isabel Withers Actor
Katherine Alexander Miss Trask
Yola D'Avril Celestine
Claire Du Brey Hilda
Elspeth Dudgeon Aunt Hester
Mary Field Passenger
Reed Hadley Henry Montague
Bill Kennedy Hamilton Hunneker
George Lessey Uncle Herbert
Lester Matthews Captain
Corbet Morris Hilary
Tempe Piggott Mrs. Smith
Hilda Plowright Justine
Constance Purdy Rosa
Georges Renavent Mons. Henri
Dorothy Vaughan Woman
Ian Wolfe Lloyd
Charlotte Wynters Grace Weston
Tod Andrews Dr. Dan Regan

Technical Credits
Irving Rapper Director
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Kim Gannon Songwriter
Robert M. Haas Art Director
Robert B. Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Warren Low Editor
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Sol Polito Cinematographer
Casey Robinson Screenwriter
Max Steiner Score Composer,Songwriter
Richard Van Enger Special Effects
Willard Van Enger Special Effects
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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Now, Voyager 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Tama2toe More than 1 year ago
I am 35 and at the 18 this became my favorite move of ALL TIME! Bette Davis was an amazing star I am sure no other person could have pulled off that roll. The story surpasses any movie today with all the computer graphics. This is not a movie with the classical Ending, girl mistreated meets great guy they fall in love and get married living happy ever after. This is complicated as life is, it is not easy and neither or the decisions made by Bette's character. Very complex and totally worth your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is an amazing story of a woman who overcomes her mother's oppression to blossom and love compassionately, fully and without hidden motivation. She manages to pass on what she has learned to another in her previous position in life...unloved and oppressed. If you have ever felt unloved or not wanted, this movie will bring tears to your eyes. The dialog is incredible. There are some amazing exchanges between characters that need to be played again and again to hear all the nuances of the conversation. The acting by Bette Davis, Claude Rains and all the supporting cast is outstanding. Costumes and scenery are so well thought out and support the story well. This movie brings to the screen a very special kind of love that is not found often. Classic movies like this are rare. Viewers will enjoy the subleties of this movie that speak volumes more than the movies of today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now Voyager is a good movie and very interesting and I thought Bette Davis did some superb acting but I found some things in the plot to be very far-fetched! I mean, what psychiatrist in his right mind would really let a patient take home another of his patients to take care of? Since The troubled young girl is the daughter of Bette Davis's character's married boyfriend I found it unbelievable and probably unethical that the doctor would have allowed that but all in all I enjoyed watching this movie even if the last half of the movie was far fetched!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This classic hails from the days when lovers could sleep together fully dressed, never consummating their love, and when doctors could do just what they felt was best for their patients without fear of being sued. Halcyon days indeed, before political correctness and post modernism coloured society's views of just what ethics might be. This film portrays with devastating accuracy 1. Some of the emotions that are stirred in a nervous breakdown 2. Some of the unintentioned trauma caused by a parent's failure to see things through a child's eyes 3. Some of the pain which kindness can inflict. Depending on which side of a breakdown you are, you may not appreciate the first of these points. In writing the second, I am thinking of not of the domineering mother, but the anguished father. And for the third, how many wives will never understand what a husband may have tried to be to them.
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