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Love Affair -- 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:
Writers:
Delmer Daves (screen play) and
Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
7 April 1939 (USA) See more »
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French playboy Michel Marnet and American Terry McKay fall in love aboard ship. They arrange to reunite 6 months later... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 6 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
undeservedly ignored See more (39 total) »

Cast

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Irene Dunne ... Terry

Charles Boyer ... Michel
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Grandmother
Lee Bowman ... Kenneth Bradley
Astrid Allwyn ... Lois Clarke
Maurice Moscovitch ... Maurice Cobert (as Maurice Moscovich)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Scotty Beckett ... Boy on Ship (uncredited)
Ferike Boros ... Terry's Landlady (uncredited)
Mary Bovard ... Autograph Seeker (uncredited)
Tom Dugan ... Drunk with Christmas Tree (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Woman in Couple on Deck (uncredited)
Dell Henderson ... Cafe Manager (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Doctor (uncredited)
Carol Hughes ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Lloyd Ingraham ... Doctor (uncredited)
Phyllis Kennedy ... Annie - Terry's Maid (uncredited)

Joan Leslie ... Autograph Seeker (uncredited)
Fred Malatesta ... Shipboard Photographer (uncredited)
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Orphanage Superintendent (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Man in the Couple on Deck (uncredited)

Gerald Mohr ... Man (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Shipboard Passenger (uncredited)
Henry Norton ... Shipboard Passenger (uncredited)
Oscar O'Shea ... Priest (uncredited)
The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir ... Choir (uncredited)
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Directed by
Leo McCarey 
 
Writing credits
Delmer Daves (screen play) and
Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play)

Mildred Cram (story) and
Leo McCarey (story)

S.N. Behrman  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Leo McCarey .... producer
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
 
Cinematography by
Rudolph Maté (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Edward Dmytryk (edited by)
George Hively (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Howard Greer (gowns)
Edward Stevenson (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James H. Anderson .... assistant director (as James Anderson)
 
Art Department
Alfred Herman .... associate art director (as Al Herman)
 
Sound Department
John L. Cass .... recordist
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
 
Editorial Department
Douglas Travers .... montage
 
Music Department
Robert Russell Bennett .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Buttolph .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Raksin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)

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Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 1, 1940 with Irene Dunne reprising her film role.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Michel is waiting for Terry on the Empire State Building into the evening, and a thunder storm breaks out, the same forked lightning strike is seen at least 4 times in the background, always in the identical location - which is highly unlikely.See more »
Quotes:
Terry McKay:The things we like best are either illegal, immoral or fattening.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Plaisir d'AmourSee more »

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42 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
undeservedly ignored, 16 February 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I can't believe that this film is so forgotten by the film viewing public. This film is one of the better romances of the 1930s but, thanks to a mention of AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER in the movie SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER is now considered a "classic"--But how can this be...?! After all, LOVE AFFAIR is the original and AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER is a by-the-numbers and relatively boring remake. Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne are wonderful in this film. And, the direction and writing were excellent. However, doing NEARLY the exact same film two decades later seems pointless. I like Cary Grant and have nothing in particular against Deborah Kerr--but they just aren't as good as the originals.

Do yourself a favor. If you haven't seen either film, watch this one first. And, if you have seen only AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, see this film and find out how beautiful and well-made this film is. Also, if you like LOVE AFFAIR, try seeing another great romance, SMILIN' THROUGH (1932). It has a lot in common with LOVE AFFAIR and you can even see that the writers of this later film "borrowed" one of the plot twists from SMILIN' THROUGH.

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