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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.

Director:

Billy Wilder

Writers:

Billy Wilder (screenplay), I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Frank Flannagan
Audrey Hepburn ... Ariane Chavasse / Thin Girl
Maurice Chevalier ... Claude Chavasse
John McGiver ... Monsieur X
Van Doude ... Michel
Lise Bourdin ... Madame X
Olga Valéry Olga Valéry ... Hotel Guest with Dog (as Olga Valery)
The Gypsies 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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Taglines:

An oh-so-very shy young girl (but she lists 20 men in her past!) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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

Claude begins the film spying on Frank on Monday, June 11th, which is a correct day and date if the year is 1956. At the end of the film, it is the next year and Claude mentions a date of Monday, August 24th. However, August 24th, 1957 was a Saturday. Furthermore, there are normally 439 days between June 11th of one year and August 24th of the following year. If the second year is a leap year, the span is 440 days. Since neither 439 nor 440 are evenly divisible by 7, it is impossible for June 11th of one year and August 24th of the next year to both be Mondays. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Face-Off (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Ariane
Music by Matty Malneck
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Great 'Coop'; Beguiling Hepburn
7 February 2002 | by twanuritSee all my reviews

The first thing I noticed about this lilting romance (on the widescreen DVD) was the beautiful, shimmering, black and white photography. Set in Paris, with some scenes filmed there, Director Billy Wilder weaves a captivating, simple tale of a 20ish woman (Hepburn), who lives with her father (Maurice Chevalier), who schemes to snag a 50ish cad (Cooper). At first the age difference is very apparent, with Cooper seemingly mis-cast as a womanizer, but he grows on you, with a sweet, gentle, quiet, attractive performance. Hepburn is stunning and spunky in one of her best performances. The song "Fascination" is used to great effect. Filmed in 1957, the only way to show the title occurrence is to have a camera shot following Hepburn's dis-robed fur coat falling to the hotel room's floor, as she embraces Cooper. The ending is suspenseful, with cute narration epilogue by Chevalier. A wonderful film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,100,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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