Trivia & Fun Facts About NOW, VOYAGER
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Taglines for the film included: "Today Her Greatest! For a woman there's always an excuse..." and "I'm the maiden aunt. Every family has one."
Paul Henreid's agent advised him to turn down Now, Voyager because the part was too small. It was Henreid who saw the value of playing the role and working with Bette Davis.
While making the film, Davis and John Garfield were heavily involved in launching the Hollywood Canteen, a social club for servicemen stationed on the West Coast.
During location shooting at Lake Arrowhead, Janis Wilson would have drowned had Davis not come to her rescue. The film's star had once worked as a lifeguard.
Davis took a liking to Wilson and had her cast as her daughter in her next film, Watch on the Rhine (1943).
In interviews she gave when Now, Voyager came out, Davis said she was sure Charlotte and Jerry would get together some day. Years later, however, she would say that in her dream of the character's future, she would marry her psychiatrist (Claude Rains).
Production delays on Now, Voyager caused problems for producer Hal Wallis' next Warner Bros. film, Casablanca (1942). Both Paul Henreid and Claude Rains had been cast in the picture, which had to shoot around them until they became available.
In addition to "It Can't Be Wrong," the song Max Steiner wrote specifically for the film, the soundtrack also contains bits of Cole Porter's "Night and Day."
In South America, the film was called Tears of Long Ago.
Now, Voyager was Bette Davis' biggest hit at Warner Bros., posting a profit of $2.38 million.
Famous Quotes from NOW, VOYAGER
"Lisa tells me that your latest peculiarities, your fits of crying, your secretiveness, indicate that you're on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Is that what you're trying to achieve?" -- Gladys Cooper, as Mrs. Vale, scolding Bette Davis, as Charlotte Vale, for her mental condition.
"A whole secret life hidden up here behind a locked door." -- Davis, as Charlotte Vale, describing her life at the film's start.
"I thought that men didn't like girls who were prudes." -- Davis, as Charlotte, explaining a youthful indiscretion.
"What man would ever look at me and say, 'I want you?' I'm fat. My mother doesn't approve of dieting. Look at my shoes. My mother approves of sensible shoes. Look at the books on my shelves. My mother approves of good solid books. I'm my mother's well-loved daughter. I'm her companion. I am my mother's servant. My mother says! My mother. My mother! MY MOTHER!" -- Davis, breaking down in front of Claude Rains, as Dr. Jaquith.
"My dear Mrs. Vale, if you had deliberately and maliciously planned to destroy your daughter's life, you couldn't have done it more completely."
"How? By having exercised a mother's rights?"
"A mother's rights, twaddle. A child has rights, a person has rights, to discover her own mistakes, to make her own way, to grow and blossom in her own particular soil."
"Are we getting into botany, doctor? Are we flowers?"--Rains, as Dr. Jaquith, blaming Cooper, as Mrs. Vale, for her daughter's problems.
"Go on, torture me. Go on, torture me. You like making fun of me, don't you? You think it's fun making fun of me, don't you?" -- Davis, lashing out at Bonita Granville, as her niece, June Vale.
"No member of the Vale family has ever had a nervous breakdown."
"Well, there's one having one now." -- Cooper, being one-upped by Rains, as Jaquith.
"The oculist told you you don't need these any more."
"But I feel so undressed with them."
"It's good for you to feel that way."-- Rains, trying to get Davis to discard her glasses.
"If old Walt didn't have you in mind when he wrote this, he had lots of others like you. He's put into words what I'd like to say to you now -- and far better than I could ever express it. Read it."
"'Untold Want, By Life and Land Ne'er Granted, Now, Voyager, Sail Thou Forth to Seek and Find.'"--Rains, getting Davis to read the Walt Whitman poem that inspired the novel and film's title.
"Now, pull your own weight. I've taught you the technique, now use it. Forget you're a hidebound New Englander. Unbend, take part, contribute. Be interested in everything -- and everybody." -- Rains' advice to Davis before she boards the luxury liner.
"A spinster aunt is an ideal person to select presents for young girls." -- Davis, agreeing to help Henreid, as Jerry Durance, shop for his daughter.
"You were crying because you were being left alone. But today I made a discovery; all people are alone in some ways and some people are alone in all ways. Even after someone is grown up she can be alone." -- Henreid, as Jerry Durrance, writing a letter to his daughter.
"She considered herself a great martyr, and she's played the martyr ever since. That's her grasp on him -- her martyrdom -- and her jealously." -- Lee Patrick, as Deb McIntyre, explaining Henreid's wife's hold on him.
"We're either going to have to bundle or freeze tonight."
"They say that bundling is a New England custom both reverenced and honored."--Henreid and Davis, marooned on shore during a rain storm.
"If I were free, there would be only one thing I'd want to do -- prove you're not immune to happiness. Would you want me to prove it Charlotte? Tell me you would. Then I'll go. Why, darling, you are crying."
"I'm such a fool, such an old fool. These are only tears of gratitude -- an old maid's gratitude for the crumbs offered."
"Don't talk like that."
"You see, no one ever called me darling before." -- Henreid and Davis, sharing the only love scene the censors would allow.
"I don't want to be disagreeable or unkind. I've come home to live with you again here in the same house. But it can't be in the same way. I've been living my own life, making my own decisions for a long while now. It's impossible to go back to being treated like a child again. I don't think I'll do anything of importance that will displease you, but Mother, from now on, you must give me complete freedom, including deciding what I wear, where I sleep, what I read...Mother, please be fair and meet me halfway."
"They told me before you were born that my recompense to having a late child was the comfort the child would be to me in my old age, especially if she was a girl. And on your first day home after six month's absence, you behave like this." -- Davis and Cooper, quarrelling on the former's homecoming.
"Shall I tell you what you've given me? On that very first day, a little bottle of perfume made me feel important. You were my first friend. And then when you fell in love with me, I was so proud. And when I came home, I needed something to make me feel proud. And your camellias arrived, and I knew you were thinking about me. Oh, I could have walked into a den of lions. As a matter of fact, I did, and the lions didn't hurt me." -- Davis, explaining how Henreid's love has changed her.
"Let's not linger over it." -- Davis, breaking her engagement to John Loder, as Elliot Livingston.
"You've never done anything to make your mother proud, or to make yourself proud either. Why, I should think you'd be ashamed to be born and live all your life as Charlotte Vale. Miss Charlotte Vale."
"Dr. Jaquith says that tyranny is sometimes an expression of the maternal instinct. If that's a mother's love, I want no part of it. I didn't want to be born. You didn't want me to be born either. It's been a calamity on both sides." -- Cooper and Davis share their last bitter exchange.
"If you want people to like you, you've got to like people." -- Davis, counseling Janis Wilson, as Tina Durrance.
"Why are you so good to me?"
"Because somebody was good to me once when I needed somebody." -- Wilson, as Tina Durrance, and Davis, building their special bond.
"I can't go on forever taking, taking, taking from you and...and giving nothing, darling."
"Oh, I see. Forgive me, Jerry. It's your pride, isn't it? Let me explain. You will be giving. Don't you know that to take is sometimes a way to give -- the most beautiful way in the world if two people love each other. You'll be giving me Tina, every single day I'll be taking and you'll be giving." -- Henreid and Davis, re-united by her devotion to his daughter.
"Shall we have a cigarette on it?" -- Henreid.
"May I sometimes come here?"
"Whenever you like; it's your home, too. There are people here who love you."
"And look at you and Tina? Share with you peace and contentment?"
"Of course, and just think, it won't be for this time only. That is, if you will help me keep what we have, if we both try hard to protect that little strip of territory that's ours. We can talk about your child--"
"And will you be happy, Charlotte?"
"Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars."--Henreid and Davis build a life together in their final scene.
Compiled by Frank Miller