Now Voyager (1942)

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Irving Rapper directs Bette Davis, Paul Henreid and Claude Rains in this romantic melodrama about a tightly wound old maid who finds a new lease of life after some therapy and a makeover. 

A classic bit of romantic soap that delivers equal measures of joy and tears. Bette Davis rocks as the oppressed frumpy aunt who turn herself around into a proactive and humanist socialite. There is a wedding buffet of plots thrown into this with ongoing maternal nastiness, progressive therapy retreats, cruise ship romances, cliff top car accidents, called off engagements, bequeathed fortunes and Davis’ fostering of her married true love’s troubled daughter. Yet Davis keeps a clear thoughline as to where her character is at all times. Am I only one who wanted her to hook up with Claude Raine’s worldly psychiatrist / fairy godmother?

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