Nervous spinster Charlotte Vale (All About Eve’s Bette Davis) is stunted from growing up under the heel of her puritanical Boston Brahmin mother (My Fair Lady’s Gladys Cooper), and remains convinced of her own unworthiness until a kindly psychiatrist (Notorious’s Claude Rains) gives her the confidence to venture out into the world on a South American cruise.
Onboard, she finds her footing with the help of an unhappily married man (Casablanca’s Paul Henreid). Their thwarted love affair may help Charlotte break free of her mother’s grip— but will she find fulfilment as well as independence?
Made at the height of Davis’s reign as the queen of the women’s picture and bolstered by an Oscar- winning score by Max Steiner (Gone with the Wind), Now, Voyager is a melodrama for the ages, both a rapturous Hollywood romance and a poignant saga of self-discovery.
New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Episode of The Dick Cavett Show from 1971 with actor Bette Davis
Interview with Paul Henreid from 1980
Selected-scene commentary on the film’s score by professor Jeff Smith
New interview with film critic Farran Smith Nehme on the making of the film
New interview with costume historian Larry McQueen
Two radio adaptations from 1943 and 1946
PLUS: An essay by scholar Patricia White and a 1937 reflection on acting by Davis