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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 »
Nominated for 6 Oscars. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Trivia

In 1957, director Leo McCarey remade the movie as An Affair to Remember (1957), starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. (Cary Grant and Irene Dunne had previously co-starred in The Awful Truth (1937), which was also directed by McCarey.) The movie was remade a second time as Love Affair (1994), starring Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, and Katharine Hepburn, directed by Glenn Gordon Caron. See more »

Goofs

Michel's grandmother "Janou" speaks French (and English) with a foreign accent; it is unclear where she's supposed to be from. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
radio news announcers: [American announcer] Flash! Michel Marnay, the French heart crusher, sailed incog. tonight from Naples on board the Napoli. Why? Because Lois Clarke and her twenty million smackers will be at the dock palpatating for him. And it's good news for us mere men, because when he arrives, Michel Marnay goes out of circulation. This time, it's marriage.
[French announcer - undecipherable]
radio news announcers: [British announcer] Well here we are ladies and gentlemen... and a nice crisp little tidbit has just come ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Plaisir d'Amour
(1775) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Martini
Libretto by Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian
Performed by Irene Dunne with Maria Ouspenskaya playing piano
Played often in the score
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1939 - the classic Hollywood year
21 July 2002 | by SchlockmeisterSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

7 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Affair See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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