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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.

Director:

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 Marnet
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

Certificate:

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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

This was Irene Dunne's favorite among her films. This also happened to be Charles Boyer's favorite among his films as well. See more »

Goofs

Toward the end of the film, when Terry is on the sofa talking to Michel, she offers a cigarette to him. He picks it up, puts it in the mouth a little while and takes it out. Next shot, the cigarette is in his mouth. See more »

Quotes

Terry McKay: The things we like best are either illegal, immoral or fattening.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Music by James Pierpont
Played in the score at Christmas
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Wonderful, charming, great performance
2 January 2005 | by plantjenSee all my reviews

I didn't really intend to watch this whole movie--it was on the channel my satellite dish was tuned to, when i turned off my DVD player after watching another movie, late at night. But after only a couple scenes, i was glued to it! I was so impressed with the characterization and the witty humor (unlike other films of its era, the humor was not corny at all, and was genuinely funny), and I just HAD to keep watching, even though I wasn't looking forward to the tears that this film (and its later version, An Affair to Remember), is reputed to bring to all who watch it.

The humor centering around the nosiness and gossip among the other cruise patrons, was especially funny and timeless.

I found Irene Dunn's character (Terry) to be extremely appealing and likable, with a very expressive and beautiful face (and, as someone else mentioned, those pearly whites are stunning!). Boyer (Michael), was quite believable as a playboy experiencing true love for the first time. You could see the love in his eyes when he looked at Terry, and when he listened to her sing. And all of his other emotions throughout the movie, whether happy or sad, were readable via his expressive eyes alone--no need for any other expression!

Of course, the children at the orphanage were too good to be true (typical for old movies), but they were so adorable and likable, and I could just feel the love and pride that Terry felt while working with them. It really seemed genuine.

I had always thought of these old movies as corny, but this one changed my perspective! Highly recommended for all ages!


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