Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Now, Voyager

A homely woman (Bette Davis), controlled by her mother (Gladys Cooper) and desperate not to become an old maid, has a nervous breakdown and is placed in the care of an understanding psychiatrist (Claude Rains) who helps to build her self-confidence. A new woman, she begins an affair with an unhappily married businessman (Paul Henreid) whose daughter is undergoing a similar dilemma while attempting not to fall back into old, unhealthy patterns. Now, Voyager, whose title is taken from Walt Whitman's poem "The Untold Want", is an overlong soaper with not much to offer in terms of plot, but is made worthwhile both by the performances of Davis and especially Rains.