Now, Voyager (1942) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Irving Rapper and produced by Hal B. Wallis.
The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Olive Higgins Prouty published in 1941.
Now, Voyager was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2007.
Academy Awards 1942 --- Ceremony Number 15 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actress||Bette Davis||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Gladys Cooper||Nominated|
|Best Music - Scoring||Max Steiner||Won|
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 The Rich Are Always with Us.
"Now Voyager" was actually the third book in a four-part saga of the Vales, a high-class Boston family, written by Olive Higgins Prouty over a 12-year period from 1936 to 1947. When Warner Brothers bought the film rights to the novel, Prouty wrote a lengthy letter to her literary agent, setting out how she felt the production should be mounted. She felt strongly that the best way to dramatize the flashbacks would be to feature short silent segments woven into the main sound narrative. Her letter made its way to producer Hal B. Wallis at Warners, who subsequently ignored her suggestions.
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