Now, Voyager

Synopsis: Overweight Boston spinster Charlotte is a repressed, self-esteemless woman completely dominated by her wealthy mother, Mrs. Henry Vale. When her sister-in-law Lisa Vale brings her friend Dr. Jaquith, a renowned psychiatrist, to visit Charlotte, he invites her to spend some time in his sanitarium. Soon Charlotte transforms into a sophisticated, confident woman and takes a cruise to South America. She meets married architect Jerry Durrance and they have a love affair in Rio de Janeiro. Six months later she returns home and confronts her mother with her independence. One day they have an argument and her mother has a heart attack and dies. Charlotte inherits the Vale fortune but feels guilty for her mother's death. She decides to return to Dr. Jaquith's sanitarium, where she befriends Jerry's 12-year-old daughter Tina, who has been rejected by her mother. Charlotte takes Tina home to Boston with her and one day Jerry brings Dr. Jaquith to visit them there.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Irving Rapper
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.0
Rotten Tomatoes:
91%
APPROVED
Year:
1942
117 min
81 Views

She's coming down.

William!

- Yes, ma'am?

- Has my daughter-in-law telephoned?

Mrs. Lisa phoned.

She'll be here at 4:00.

It's 4 now. We'll pour tea

in the drawing room.

Very good, ma'am.

Mrs. Lisa is bringing someone.

- Show them in here.

- Very good.

Tell Miss Charlotte

to be down in 10 minutes.

How often must I tell you not to have

the table here now?

Sorry, ma'am.

What's that noise?

Whoever is doing that

will kindly stop.

- Whoever said that...

- Yes, that's Mother.

I'll go smooth the path.

Messy things, pipes. I like them.

- Your coat, sir.

- Oh, yes, yes.

Thank you.

- This way, please.

- Thank you.

There can be no harm

in talking. I thought...

Dr. Jaquith, my mother-in-law,

Mrs. Henry Windle Vale.

- How do you do?

- I will not pretend...

...that I approve of you.

My daughter Charlotte is no more ill

than a molting canary.

That's what we hope he will confirm.

Mother's disapproval isn't personal.

- Please sit down.

- Thank you.

The last doctor I consulted

warned me my heart would finish me.

The fact I've outlived him has

not increased my trust of doctors.

A highly sensible reaction.

Please try to relax

your grim disapproval...

...with this doctor.

We're honored by the visit of

the country's foremost psychiatrist.

It was pretty sweet of him

to come from New York to Boston.

He doesn't go to people.

They go to him.

Wouldn't hurt if you added that's

from lack of time, not vanity.

And, Mother, before I forget it...

...don't call him

Dr. Jaquith near Charlotte.

That's his name.

Yes, but forget the "doctor."

Make it "mister."

She'll shut up like a clam

if she thinks we're examining her.

So please try to cooperate.

I've already sent for her.

My little girl will be here directly.

Miss Charlotte.

Your mother's waiting

in the drawing room.

Is it facts about my daughter

you want?

- Anything interesting.

- Charlotte was a late child.

There were three boys.

After a while, this girl.

"Child of my old age," I call her.

I was well into my 40s.

Her father died

soon after she was born.

My ugly duckling.

All late children are marked.

Often such children aren't wanted.

I've kept her close always.

When she was young,

I made decisions for her.

Always the right decisions.

A child should wish

to repay a mother's kindness.

There you are, Charlotte.

I'm so glad to see you.

Hello, dear.

This is my very good friend,

Mr. Jaquith.

I ran into him

and brought him by for tea.

I hoped you and Mother

would be pleased.

How do you do?

Well?

Has the cat got your tongue?

I apologize for my daughter's

bad manners, doctor.

Mother, please!

I will not deceive

my own flesh and blood.

Nor will I approve her nonsense.

Lisa says that your peculiarities...

...your crying, your secretiveness...

...indicate the verge

of a nervous breakdown.

Is that what you're trying to achieve?

Believe me, I'm trying to help.

Dr. Jaquith has a sanitarium.

In Vermont.

Probably one of those places

with yowling inmates.

I wouldn't want anyone

to have that notion.

Cascade is where people go

when they're tired.

Like you go to the seashore.

The very word "psychiatry"...

Doesn't it fill you with shame?

A member of our family?

There's nothing shameful

or frightening about it.

It's simple, what I do.

People come to a fork in the road.

They don't know which way to go.

I put up a signpost:

"Not that way. This way."

Really, Mother.

Excuse me. Miss Vale?

I wonder if I might ask you a favor.

Would you show me this house?

One doesn't often get the chance.

I had a look at the downstairs

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