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Now, Voyager Poster
Released Runtime Category
1942 117 Romance
Director Language
Irving Rapper English
Bette Davis, Gladys Cooper, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Now, Voyager

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What's it About

Charlotte Vale, a young spinster (Davis, never better), has one hope for happiness: to get loose from the psychological stranglehold imposed by her rigid, controlling mother (Cooper). Director Irving Rapper’s melodrama of transformation follows Charlotte’s struggle to break free, inspired by an unexpected on-board romance with the dashing Jerry Durrance (Henreid, of “Casablanca” fame).

Why we love it

Sentimental and sometimes gloriously soapy, this film still tugs mightily at your heartstrings all these years later. Given the full-blown Warner Brothers treatment — with Max Steiner score, and both Henreid and the predictably fabulous Rains supporting Bette — how can you lose? Also, Cooper's icy turn as a mother from hell is one for the ages. Henreid's cigarette-lighting routine also remains a classically seductive moment.

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"