Now, Voyager

Now, Voyager

Directed by Irving Rapper • 1942 • United States
Starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Nervous spinster Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) is stunted from growing up under the heel of her puritanical Boston Brahmin mother (Gladys Cooper), and remains convinced of her own unworthiness until a kindly psychiatrist (Claude Rains) gives her the confidence to venture out into the world on a South American cruise. On board, she finds her footing with the help of an unhappily married man (Paul Henreid). Their thwarted love affair may help Charlotte break free of her mother’s grip—but will she find fulfillment as well as independence? Made at the height of Davis’s reign as the queen of the woman’s picture and bolstered by an Oscar-winning Max Steiner score, NOW, VOYAGER is a melodrama for the ages, both a rapturous Hollywood romance and a poignant saga of self-discovery.

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Now, Voyager
  • Now, Voyager

    Directed by Irving Rapper • 1942 • United States
    Starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

    Nervous spinster Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) is stunted from growing up under the heel of her puritanical Boston Brahmin mother (Gladys Cooper), and remains convinced of her own unworthiness until ...

Extras

  • Bette Davis on “The Dick Cavett Show”

    This November 1971 episode of “The Dick Cavett Show” features actor Bette Davis discussing her work in NOW, VOYAGER.

  • Farran Smith Nehme on NOW, VOYAGER

    In the following interview, recorded by the Criterion Collection in July 2019, film critic Farran Smith Nehme discusses the genesis of NOW, VOYAGER, and how the film became actor Bette Davis's biggest box-office hit of the 1940s.

  • Larry McQueen on Costuming in NOW, VOYAGER

    In the following interview, filmed by the Criterion Collection in July 2019, costume historian Larry McQueen details Bette Davis's longtime collaboration with costume designer Orry-Kelly and the creative ways he found to dress the movie star.

  • NOW, VOYAGER Selected Scene Commentary

    The following selected-scene commentary features film scholar Jeff Smith discussing Max Steiner’s Oscar-winning score for NOW, VOYAGER.

  • NOW, VOYAGER on Lux Radio Theatre / 1943

    NOW, VOYAGER was adapted twice for Lux Radio Theatre. The first broadcast, presented here, aired May 10, 1943, and stars Ida Lupino and Paul Heinreid. The second aired February 11, 1946, and stars Bette Davis and Gregory Peck.

  • NOW, VOYAGER on Lux Radio Theatre / 1946

    NOW, VOYAGER was adapted twice for Lux Radio Theatre. The second broadcast, presented here, aired February 11, 1946, and stars Bette Davis and Gregory Peck.