Ah, those were the days.
The most famous movie cigarette, of course, was actually two cigarettes. As a teenager I had enjoyed Olive Higgins Prouty’s novel “Now, Voyager,” and the movie is just as good, maybe even better. In the famous final scene, Bette Davis and Paul Henreid gaze fixedly into each others’ eyes, and their romantic music begins as he says solemnly, with that sexy accent “Shall we just have a cigarette on it?”
She chokes out an eager “yes” and steps closer, offering the cigarette box that happens to be handy. It’s been established earlier in the movie that this is Their Ritual, and now it will take the place of the wedding ceremony they can’t have.
Without breaking eye contact, he lights two cigarettes and hands her one. Gazing into each other’s eyes, they blow smoke at each other. Trust me, there’s not a dry eye in the theatre.
A bit more dialog, and then she delivers the line I’ve remembered for maybe 70 years – “Jerry, let’s not ask for the moon......we have the stars.”
The stills don’t do this justice. You need the swelling music. If you have a minute and 47seconds to spare, try Youtube:
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