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Now, Voyager

Bette Davis , Paul Henreid , Irving Rapper    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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In this 1942 melodrama, founded on the novel by Olivia Higgins Prouty (who also wrote the novel on which Stella Dallas was based), Bette Davis stars as Charlotte Vale, a dowdy, repressed woman who, overwhelmed by her domineering mother, is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. She finds help at a sanatorium from a kind psychiatrist (Claude Rains), who turns her into a beautiful, confident woman. As a new person, she takes a pleasure cruise, where she meets Jerry (Paul Henreid), an architect trapped in an unhappy marriage, saddled with a troubled daughter. The two fall in love but, of course, the romance is doomed. Yet their paths cross on occasion, and, despite their feelings, Charlotte finds satisfaction in helping Jerry's depressed child. The film will seem familiar to new viewers--the campy style was the pattern for many tearjerkers to come and its most famous line has been oft repeated ("Don't ask for the moon--we have the stars"). But the heartstrings are tugged and as Paul Henreid chivalrously lights two cigarettes and hands one over to the doleful-eyed Davis, pull out the box of tissues--you're gonna need 'em. --Jenny Brown

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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Jerry! Feb. 7 2010
By Kona TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) is a dowdy spinster who has been driven to a nervous breakdown by her tyrannical mother. She enters a sanitarium and emerges an attractive and confident woman, ready to experience life on her own terms. On a cruise, she meets Jerry (Paul Henried), a married man; he's charming and romantic and they fall in love.

This is a great movie. Charlotte's physical and emotional transformation and her Grand Passion are the stuff that make many female hearts race, including mine. Davis gives a powerful, intelligent performance and was justly nominated for an Oscar. Leading men didn't come any smoother than Henried and he pulls off the now-silly double-cigarette act with absolute aplomb, making his flawed character seem almost heroic. Max Steiner's heart-tugging score won an Oscar.

The movie is pure escapist delight with beautiful people, gorgeous clothes, exotic locations, and, of course, Love. A true classic romance that makes me swoon. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now, Buy This DVD Sept. 15 2005
Format:DVD
Based on Live Prouty's novel, this Hal Wallis production is one of the best films the studio system produced. The story, improbably romantic though it is(the novel at least makes some effort to provide some motivation for the romance)" moves along smartly, the setting are sumptuous, the writing deft. Now Voyager is one of those magical movies than can be watched over and over. One of my top ten favorites.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Davis but nothing package Feb. 3 2010
By Douglas M - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
It is surprising that this famous film, one of the best in the legacy of the great Bette Davis, has been issued on DVD in such a basic package. All the superlatives apply to Davis as the repressed Boston spinster, Paul Henried as her lover, Gladys Cooper as her autocratic mother and Claude Rains as her psychiatrist. The film is a superb Warner's production. Davis was vigilant on the set, directing the traffic with director Irving Rapper and ensuring that it was quality all the way. A minor criticism is that the transitions are often clumsy and sudden, causing a jarring shift in moods.

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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic treasure I have come to love July 6 2013
By C. Pittman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Up until 2 yrs ago I had never seen this movie, but my mom raved about it. at first I blew her off, saying I wasn't interested in any old black and white movie but her perseverance paid off. by chance a colorized version happened to be on tv and so to keep mom happy I watched it. Was I ever surprised - this was a grand movie and I loved every minute of it. so much that I purchased it as a gift for my mom for Christmas - now she and I can share the movie viewing together. since she is 87 she remembers these stars of yesteryear and how they rose through the movie trade, gaining popularity as each year passed. DON'T BLOW THIS MOVIE OFF BECAUSE YOU DON'T CARE FOR CLASSICS. Watch it first before making a snap judgment.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies of all time July 22 2012
By JJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
It is hard to make a movie that is both sad and uplifting but Now Voyager accomplishes this. Apparently Bette Davis really didn't, as has been said, care about how bad they made her look in a movie. She is perfect in this from first scene to last. Nobody else could have done it. The supporting cast was wonderful. "Dora", the nurse - perfect. I have looked at it many times and, I'm sure, will look at it many more times. If you are a classic B&W movie fan or a Bette Davis fan and haven't seen this film then get it as quickly as possible. I know that there are films where color is much the better choice but there is nothing like the beautiful B&W photography in some of these classic films. You simply can't do lights and shadows with color the way they did in B&W.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grabbed and Kept My Attention May 12 2012
By Barbara Frederick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I decided I could not site a single thing wrong with this movie to justify cutting that last star off. It may or may not be the best movie Bette Davis ever made, but it's close enough to count.

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. Wouldn't be much of a story if they weren't.

At the ship's layover in Rio, Jerry and Charlotte hire a (very incompetent) driver to take them up the mountainside to see some tourist attraction. But the driver manages to tumble them over the side of the hill, and goes off to get help. Charlotte and Jerry thus spend the night together in an abandoned shack on the mountainside, where it is so cold they have to "bundle" together to keep warm.

Jerry was staying in Rio on business, but Charlotte was supposed to have gotten back on the cruise ship. When it is obvious she has missed it, they decide to stay in Rio together for five days, when she can then fly to the next port of call of the ship and continue her cruise. By the time she gets on that plane, they are most desperately in love.

Of course, Charlotte knows he is married, and that he's too much of a gentleman to hurt his wife. Old friends of his were on the cruise, too, and told her what he had not already told her about his home life. So when they part in Rio, neither one expects to see the other again. But that's not quite halfway through the movie, which lets the audience know they will see each other again.

Once again, Charlotte retreats to Dr. Jaquith's sanitarium, and makes friends with the sad little girl in the next bedroom who reminds her so completely of herself as a repressed and unwanted child.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE UGLY DUCKING, WHO BECAME A BEAUTIFUL SWAN! Feb. 6 2009
By Teresa - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this movie quite by accident on TV, and I fell in love with it! I had to buy it, and have a copy of my very own! It is one of the most tender, and profound, heartrending love storys, that I have ever seen! Eventhough, the movie was in black and white, I didn't care, It was outstanding!

This movie is about a woman named Charlotte, who was a overweight ugly ducking, who became a beautiful woman, in spite of the fact, that Charlotte had a very overbearing, hateful mother.
A kind doctor helped Charlotte with her sadness, and Charlotte ended up going on a vacation, on a cruise ship, there Charlotte met and fell in love with a very handsome man named Jerry, but Jerry was a married man, but he was still, so in love with Charlotte! And Charlotte was so in love with him, she was in love for the first time in her life!

(Betty Davis) who played Charlotte, and (Paul Henreid) who played Jerry, was awesome!I loved the chemisty between them, you could almost feel the overpowering love, that they felt for each other in this movie!
One of my favorite scenes is when Jerry tells Charlotte, "If only I was free, there would be only one thing that I would want to do, and that would be to prove that you are not immune to happiness!" I'd show you, that you deserve to be loved!" And I liked the way Jerry lit two cigarettes, at the same time!

I loved the beautiful, soul stirring music of Max Steiner! Wow! I LOVED the scene at the end of the movie where Jerry tells Charlotte, after they talked, to let's have a cigarette on it, and then the way Jerry lit two cigarettes, and looked at Charlotte, with his beautiful self! Oh! My! For some reason to me, that was one of the most sexy, profound, loving, romantic moments in a movie that I have ever seen, when Jerry and Charlotte was smoking they looked like they were actually speaking to each other, and yet for that brief moment they did not speak no words; you could feel and see all this intense emotion, and love! I highly recommend this movie! Simply Awesome! They don't make movies like this anymore, Oh, how I wished that they did!
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