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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 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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »

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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Astrid Allwyn, who plays Boyer's heiress fiancé, also appeared in the unrelated film Love Affair (1932), starring a young and relatively-unknown Humphrey Bogart. See more »

Goofs

When the sailor takes the photograph of Terry and Michel, their position on the railing changes depending whether the view is from in front (close together, nearly touching) or from behind (about two feet/ 60cm apart). 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 Upstairs Downstairs: The Last Waltz (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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wonderful movie. I love it!
17 July 2000 | by conniethompsonSee all my reviews

Love Affair is one of my favorite movies. Irene Dunne is a lovely lady, who sings beautifully. Charles Boyer is a subtle, elegant actor who wins my heart every time. Maria Ouspenskaya is lovely as Boyer's grandmother. I understand from Boyer's biography, that he suggested the scene with her as a method of making his character more sympathetic. What an addition to the film! I prefer this version of the story to the later one. Watch the scene near the end when Boyer realizes that his painting was given to Dunne and understands what happened the night he waited at the Empire State Building. What acting!


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