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Love in the Afternoon (1957)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 30 June 1957 (USA)
A middle-aged playboy becomes fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Frank Flannagan
... Ariane Chavasse / Thin Girl
... Claude Chavasse
... Monsieur X
... Michel
... Madame X
Olga Valéry ... Hotel Guest with Dog (as Olga Valery)
The Gypsies ... Themselves
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Storyline

In Paris, detective Claude Chavasse is hired to follow a wife suspected of infidelity with the notorious American libertine Frank Flannagan. When the husband learns that his suspicions are accurate, he tells Claude of his plan to kill Flannagan. Claude's daughter Ariane overhears the threat and warns Frank of the coming trouble. She then plays the part of a worldly socialite with a list of conquests as long as Flannagan's. The bemused ladies' man returns to America the next day and Ariane, completely in love, follows his romantic escapades in the news. She sees him again in Paris the following year, and resumes her worldly guise, telling tales of former lovers when they meet at his hotel in the afternoon. Frank, amazed by the mystery girl and surprised to find himself jealous of her past, hires Claude to uncover more information about her. When the detective realizes what has happened, he asks Frank not to break his daughter's heart. Written by filmfactsman

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It's more likely in Paris and more LOVELY IN THE AFTERNOON! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

30 June 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ariane  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,100,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,000,000, 31 January 1960
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Yul Brynner was also considered for the lead role, which was going to be a more exotic character. See more »

Goofs

When the gypsy musicians are playing for Flannagan in the Turkish bath, the lead violinist discovers that the condensation has made his instrument fill up with water, tips it out, and continues playing: the sound is unaltered. See more »

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[first lines]
Claude Chavasse: [voiceover] This is the city - Paris, France. It is just like any other big city - London, New York, Tokyo - except for two little things. In Paris, people eat better. And in Paris, people make love - well, perhaps not better, but certainly more often. They do it any time, any place. On the left bank, on the right bank, and in between! They do it by day, and they do it by night. The butcher, the baker, and the friendly undertaker. They do it in motion, they do it sitting absolutely ...
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Soundtracks

C'est si bon
Music by Henri Betti
Lyrics by André Hornez
Hummed by Gary Cooper
Performed by The Gypsies
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Defending Cooper
27 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

Love in the Afternoon is a late 50s Wilder classic. At least semi-classic. The story is about a French girl who falls in love with a swinger from Paris. The girl is Audrey Hepburn and the man is Gary Cooper. The first act lags. The only thing keeping me glued to the screen is Hepburn, who has such a screen presence (she's pretty).

Recent comments have also noted Gary Cooper's miscasting. I'm not sure. I agree it's hard to believe Hepburn's character falls for him. The movie just doesn't work in his favor in the first act. It does begin to work eventually. The turning point would have to be at the picnic where he obviously starts to fall for her. Cooper falling for Hepburn: more realistic. From that point everything takes off. Cary Grant could have pulled off the attraction, but I don't think he could have pulled off the 2nd and 3rd act, and Cooper did. When he's sad (dictaphone/wine cart/sauna scenes) he's a top form comic actor. Anyways - I digress.

No one can produce the feeling of heartache with so much sadness and glee as Wilder can. The gypsy band should have earned a best supporting actors nomination.


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