Sunday, April 23, 2006

stars of the month movie pick " Now Voyager" ****

"Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon... we have the stars." --as Charlotte Vale in NOW, VOYAGER (1942).

A transformed Charlotte Vale in NOW, VOYAGER (1942) also starring Paul Henreid, Claude Rains and Gladys Cooper. In addition to nominations in the acting categories for Bette and Gladys Cooper, NOW, VOYAGER's musical score by Max Steiner won an Academy Award.

Bette's Oscar nomination for NOW, VOYAGER marked the fifth consecutive year in which she was so honored, a feat equaled only by Greer Garson (1941-1945) in Academy Award history.


- Producer Hal B. Wallis originally wanted Irene Dunne for the lead role, but Bette Davis convinced him otherwise.
- The Walt Whitman poem Bette Davis reads (just before leaving Cascades) is "The Untold Want" from Songs of Parting (just 2 lines): "The untold want by life and land ne'er granted / Now voyager sail thou forth to seek and find."
- Bette Davis complained about 'Max Steiner''s Academy Award-winning musical score, saying that it was too intrusive on her performance.
- The film is remembered for the scene in which Paul Henreid places two cigarettes in his mouth, lights them, and then passes one to Bette Davis, but it wasn't an original idea - a similar exchange occurred ten years earlier between Davis and 'George Brent' in Rich Are Always With Us, The (1932) .

Watch Now Voyager Trialer HERE

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