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Love Affair (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 April 1939 (USA)
A French playboy and an American former nightclub singer fall in love aboard a ship. They arrange to reunite six months later, after he has had a chance to earn a decent living.

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Leo McCarey

Writers:

Delmer Daves (screen play), Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Terry McKay
Charles Boyer ... Michel Marnay
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Grandmother
Lee Bowman ... Kenneth Bradley
Astrid Allwyn ... Lois Clarke
Maurice Moscovitch ... Maurice Cobert (as Maurice Moscovich)
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A French playboy and an American former nightclub singer fall in love aboard a ship. They arrange to reunite six months later, after he has had a chance to earn a decent living. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

7 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elle et lui See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Two years later in 1941, this was again adapted for radio by the Screen Guild Theater with Madeleine Carroll & Melvyn Douglas. The transatlantic cruise was rerouted to come from Rio as part of Hollywood's pivot to South America during WWII. 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 »

Quotes

Terry McKay: It's not that I'm prudish but my mother told me never to be in a man's room in any month ending in 'r'!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are on pages of a book, through which a female hand is paging. See more »

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Referenced in General Hospital: Episode #1.12714 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Sing My Heart
(1939)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Performed by Irene Dunne (uncredited) at a nightclub
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Romantic and witty melodrama brought to life by fine cast and nice direction
27 March 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This timeless classic movie and superior adaptation deals about the known story of a wealthy singles(Charles Boyer,Irenee Dunne) on an Ocean liner . They know themselves and falling spontaneously in love but they're both recently engaged. Boyer and Dunne promise their love on the Empire State Building where agree a meeting months later, to see if their love still holds . But the tragedy takes place and Boyer bounds for Island Madeira.

This magnificent tearjerker is a clever tale plenty of good feeling, love story and unforgettable scenes in which the spectators ever feel drawn into the protagonists lives . The perceptible script is brought to life by a perfectly cast ensemble, as the wonderful Irene Dunne, the attractive Charles Boyer and the veteran Maria Ouspenskaya in a small but touching role; plus interventions very secondaries by Gerald Mohr and Joan Leslie. The usual RKO's musician Roy Webb composes a lush romantic score makes it easy on the ears. Expert cameraman Rudolph Mate creates a superb camera work full of fine detail. The motion picture is stunningly directed by Leo McCarey who directed a good remake, though inferior version, titled ¨Love affair(1957)¨with Gary Grant, Deborah Kerr and Richard Denning . Another and lesser version about this weepie story in contemporary look are the following :¨Sleepless in Seattle(1993)¨ by Nora Ephron with Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan and ¨Love affair(1994)¨ by Glenn Gordon Caron with real life marriage , Warren Beatty and Anette Bening, and Katherine Hepburn.


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