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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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... Terry McKay
... Michel Marnet
... Grandmother
... Kenneth Bradley
... Lois Clarke
... 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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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on July 6, 1942 with Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne reprising their film roles. 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 »

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

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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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A technical comment (mostly)...
16 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I'd always been curious about this original version of the romantic 1957 hit, "An Affair to Remember" which was a bona fide box-office success, made so memorable by the classy pairing of Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. That CinemaScope remake in Color by DeLuxe, of this black-and-white original, was also co-written and directed by Leo McCarey, a man who wasn't afraid to regularly mix genuine sentiment with some fairly gloppy sentimentality in the same (admittedly tasty) cinematic dish.

I join those who prefer the original, thanks mostly to the restrained and very professional performances of a quite young-looking Charles Boyer and Miss Irene Dunne, who looks quite ravishing throughout (modelling some gowns that are as chic today as the first time this film was shown). And what a set of pearly whites she had... the better to charm the stuffing out of us with that glowing smile!

Anyway, Turner Classic Movies showed it the other evening and I couldn't believe the terrible condition of the print. Scratches, skips, muddiness, sound problems, every possible defect seemed to be in appalling evidence! Apparently the DVD now in circulation is every bit as bad. Hey! Come on guys! This film is considered one of the better ones during a year (1939) when Hollywood studios unleashed a cornucopia of goodies. How about giving us a version worth watching, for heaven's sake!


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