Looking for a real drama dripping classic movie? Then 1942’s Now Voyager has it all for you!
Starring the infamous Bette Davis along with the charismatic Claude Rains and Paul Henreid.
Out story begins with a woman sheltered all her life by an extremely controlling mother who choses Charlotte Vales (Bette Davis) every move. What she wears, eats, reads, does, says, who she sees and where she goes. Ms. vale is for all intents and purposes, is a 20 something year old spinster. You have to remember, back in the 40’s if you weren’t married by the age of 23 with a baby on the way you were considered a spinster and no man would marry you after that point.
Enter the handsome and enormously talented Claude Rains playing the distinguished and equally handsome Dr. Jaquith who runs “Cascade” a very uppity sanatorium in Vermont for “people who need to get away from it all for a while” There after many moths of rest and ‘treatment’, Dr. Jaquith turns Ms. Vale from a frumpy, over weight uni brow spinster aunt into a beautiful swan that any man would be proud to have on his arm. And, as a reward her cousin who you will meet in the film, along with Dr. Jaquith decide that the worst thing for Ms. Vale at this point would be going back home to “mother”. So they send her on a cruise and encourage her to be outgoing. To meet other people and for once in her life enjoy herself which she does and where she meets and falls in love with Jerry or J.D. who is also married with children but on a business trip.
Are you intrigued yet? I hope so. This movie is full of, romance, suspense and drama where most problems can be overcome by the smoking of a cigarette.. Imagine that, they still smoked and drank cocktails back then. The acting talent is absolutely superb. The talent that these actors and actresses bring to this film make the characters come alive on the screen. It’s a definite must see.
Year released: 1942
Starring: Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid
Academy Award Nomination for : Best Actress, Bette Davis
Can be seen on : Turner Classic Movies (check local cable stations)
Can be purchased at : www.Turnerclassicmovies.com