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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

"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 »

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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: Well, I'd be surprised.
Michel: If you were surprised, that would surprise me!
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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 A Yank at Eton (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. De Sylva)
Performed by a group of children (partly The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir (uncredited)) coached by Terry
Reprised by the Choir at the end
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Such An Appealing Story
14 December 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When a film gets done three times for three generations, I guess you have to concede it's definitely got something going for it.

Lovers Charles Boyer/Irene Dunne, Cary Grant/Deborah Kerr, and Warren Beatty/Annette Bening all have their different appeal, but I think the story is universal. What woman who's seen this film hasn't dreamed of an ocean voyage where she will meet the love of her life?

Earnest and hopeful Irene Dunne goes on an ocean voyage where she meets continental playboy Charles Boyer. He's definitely a love 'em and leave 'em type, but there's something about Irene that keeps drawing him back.

It doesn't help that both are involved with different people. But this is the movies and we all know how things work out on film.

Mention should also be made of Maria Ouspenskaya as Boyer's beloved grandmother. She's a grand old lady and you know when I guy takes a girl home to meet granny, it's a sign he's hooked.

Lee Bowman is Irene's involvement and he's such a good guy, I kind of feel sorry for him he's getting dumped.

Leo McCarey directs these romantic films with a sure hand. For lovers of romance of all ages.


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