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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.
Love Affair -- A US/French collaboration of a French man and American woman who fall in love on ship going from Europe to New York. They plan a meeting in six months atop the Empire State Building.


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Delmer Daves (screen play) and
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Release Date:
7 April 1939 (USA) See more »
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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Nominated for 6 Oscars. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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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Also Known As:
88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)

Did You Know?

After this movie was released restaurants were suddenly bombarded with requests for pink champagne.See more »
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 »
Terry McKay:What are you trying to say, Michel?
Michel:I'm trying to say that it would take me six months to find out if I'm worthy to say what's in my heart.
Terry McKay:Oh, that's just about the nicest thing...
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
1939 - the classic Hollywood year, 21 July 2002
Author: Schlockmeister from Midnight Movie Land

What a year that was... 1939! So many great movies produced in a 12 month period! And this ranks up there with any of them. especially if you are looking for a romance.

Irene Dunne is wonderful in her role, her expressive face conveyed her emotions and reactions so well it is like reading her mind. She ws beautiful and charming and perfect in her part. Charles Boyer as the quintessential French gadabout, seemingly unfeeling toward women but true love melts his heart.

Yes this indeed was the original "Meet me at the top of the Empire Stae Building" film and it sets a standard hard to beat.

Recommended highly, would make a great triple feature with "An Affair To Remember" and "Sleepless In Seattle". (in that order)

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