October 1942: Now, Voyager

Ooo! Bette Davis!

I thought that perhaps I’d seen this before, but if so, it must be a long, long time ago, because scenes seem familiar in vague flashes. Perhaps I saw it as a child?

But, man, Davis is amazing here. Didn’t get the Oscar, of course.

Isn’t it weird how it’s more difficult to find something to write about good movies than bad movies? With bad movies you can just kvetch away with abandon, but this is a kinda perfect movie. Well, you could quibble with the clichéd portrayal of the controlling and venomous mother, but it’s done so perfectly that you just have to admire the artistry.

Oh, and bonus: This has Mary Wickes as the enterprising nurse.

Now, Voyager. Irving Rapper. 1942.

Popular movies in October 1942 according to IMDB:

117158.1Now, Voyager
17247.8Who Done It?
23087.2For Me and My Gal
49407.2I Married a Witch
11437.0George Washington Slept Here
27836.8Flying Tigers
8366.8Eyes in the Night
6116.8The Moon and Sixpence
5196.5The Falcon’s Brother
6606.4Night Monster

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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