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Now, Voyager

Now, Voyager

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

Now, Voyager

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

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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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).

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/26/2019
UPC: 0715515237918
Original Release: 1942
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 1,246

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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