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Love Affair (1939)

Approved  |   |  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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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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After this movie was released restaurants were suddenly bombarded with requests for pink champagne. 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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Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Music by James Pierpont
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The Original and Still Best Version of the Classic Tearjerker
11 October 2006 | by (San Francisco, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

Directed by Leo McCarey, this 1939 romantic classic is the first and best version of the old warhorse of a fateful shipboard romance between an aimless playboy and a nightclub singer, both engaged but appearing to be destined to reunite on the top floor of the Empire State Building. The elaborate, shot-for-shot 1957 remake again directed by McCarey with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr is much better known, and Warren Beatty even saw fit to remake it yet again with his wife Annette Bening for a 1994 update featuring an 87-year old Katharine Hepburn in her last film role.

But it all started with this more modest film starring a smart, luminous Irene Dunne as Terry McKay and Charles Boyer all continental charm as Michel Marnet. The story is as contrived as ever, but the script co-written by McCarey, Mildred Cram, Delmer Daves and Donald Ogden Stewart is full of clever dialogue to go with the soap opera elements. It's too bad the print condition is so bad given that it has fallen into the public domain, but you can still get a strong sense of the craftsmanship behind the film, especially Rudolph Maté's soft-focus cinematography.

Even though Maria Ouspenskaya gives her most sympathetic performance as Grandmother Janou (she was wonderfully malevolent in "The Wolf Man"), it's really the chemistry between the two stars which keeps this afloat, especially Dunne who was so dexterous in comedy and drama in her prime that she is far superior to either Kerr or Bening. She even gets to sing two songs most winningly, one a Harold Arlen gem called "Sing My Heart". Even though you are likely to know every scene by heart from the 1957 remake, it's still quite worthwhile to enjoy the antiquated charms of the original.


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