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Love Affair (1939)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  7 April 1939 (USA)
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French playboy Michel Marnet and American Terry McKay fall in love aboard ship. They arrange to reunite 6 months later, after Michel has had a chance to earn a decent living.

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Director: John M. Stahl
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French playboy Michel Marnet and American Terry McKay fall in love aboard ship. They arrange to reunite 6 months later, after Michel has had a chance to earn a decent living. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Elle et lui  »

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Astrid Allwyn, who plays Boyer's heiress fiancé, also appeared in the unrelated film Love Affair (1932), starring a young and relatively-unknown Humphrey Bogart. See more »

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On the ship, at the railing, before and after disposing of the photographer's film of a compromising photo, shadows of Dunne are visible on the background screen of the ocean.; a shadow of her head before the photo incident, and her arm as she stretches, afterward. See more »

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Terry McKay: How's your fiancee?
Michel: She's got a cold.
Terry McKay: Oh, that's too bad. Got it at Lake Como?
Michel: No, she wasn't there.
Terry McKay: Uhh... , Uh, you mean the Lady of the Lake was not...
Michel: [Shakes head] That was her best friend.
Terry McKay: Oh.
Michel: [Another shake, and grimace]
Terry McKay: Chummy bunch.
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Plaisir d'Amour
(1775) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Martini
Libretto by Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian
Performed by Irene Dunne with Maria Ouspenskaya playing piano
Played often in the score
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A technical comment (mostly)...
16 November 2004 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

I'd always been curious about this original version of the romantic 1957 hit, "An Affair to Remember" which was a bona fide box-office success, made so memorable by the classy pairing of Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. That CinemaScope remake in Color by DeLuxe, of this black-and-white original, was also co-written and directed by Leo McCarey, a man who wasn't afraid to regularly mix genuine sentiment with some fairly gloppy sentimentality in the same (admittedly tasty) cinematic dish.

I join those who prefer the original, thanks mostly to the restrained and very professional performances of a quite young-looking Charles Boyer and Miss Irene Dunne, who looks quite ravishing throughout (modelling some gowns that are as chic today as the first time this film was shown). And what a set of pearly whites she had... the better to charm the stuffing out of us with that glowing smile!

Anyway, Turner Classic Movies showed it the other evening and I couldn't believe the terrible condition of the print. Scratches, skips, muddiness, sound problems, every possible defect seemed to be in appalling evidence! Apparently the DVD now in circulation is every bit as bad. Hey! Come on guys! This film is considered one of the better ones during a year (1939) when Hollywood studios unleashed a cornucopia of goodies. How about giving us a version worth watching, for heaven's sake!


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