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Love Affair (1939 film)

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Genre  Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language  English
7.4/10 IMDb

Director  Leo McCarey
Initial DVD release  September 9, 2003
Country  United States
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Release date  April 7, 1939 (1939-04-07) (US)
Writer  Delmer Daves (screen play), Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play), Mildred Cram (story), Leo McCarey (story)
Adaptations  An Affair to Remember (1957), Love Affair (1994)
Cast  Irene Dunne (Terry), Charles Boyer (Michel), Maria Ouspenskaya (Grandmother), Lee Bowman (Kenneth Bradley), Astrid Allwyn (Lois Clarke), Maurice Moscovitch (Maurice Cobert)
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Love Affair is a 1939 American romantic film starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer and featuring Maria Ouspenskaya. It was directed by Leo McCarey and written by Delmer Daves and Donald Ogden Stewart, based on a story by McCarey and Mildred Cram.


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French painter Michel Marnet (Charles Boyer) meets American singer Terry McKay (Irene Dunne) aboard a liner crossing the Atlantic Ocean. They are both already engaged, he to heiress Lois Clarke (Astrid Allwyn), she to Kenneth Bradley (Lee Bowman). They begin to flirt and to dine together on the ship, but his notoriety and popularity on the ship make them conscious that others are watching. Eventually, they decide that they should dine separately and not associate with each other. At a stop at Madeira, they visit Michel's grandmother Janou (Maria Ouspenskaya), who approves of Terry and wants Michel to settle down.

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As the ship is ready to disembark at New York City, the two make an appointment to meet six months later on top of the Empire State Building. Michel chooses six months because that is the amount of time he needs to decide whether he can start making enough money to support a relationship with Terry. When the rendezvous date arrives, they both head to the Empire State Building. However, Terry is struck by a car right as she arrives, and is told that she may not be able to walk, though that will not be known for certain for six months. Not wanting to be a burden to Michel, she does not contact him, preferring to let him think the worst. Meanwhile, Terry recovers at an orphanage teaching the children how to sing.

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Six months go by, and during Terry's first outing since the accident, the two couples meet by accident at the theater, though Terry manages to conceal her condition. Michel then visits her at her apartment and finally learns the truth. He assures her that they will be together no matter what the diagnosis will be.


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  • Irene Dunne as Terry McKay
  • Charles Boyer as Michel Marnet
  • Maria Ouspenskaya as Grandmother Janou
  • Lee Bowman as Kenneth Bradley
  • Astrid Allwyn as Lois Clarke
  • Maurice Moscovitch as Maurice Cobert, art dealer
  • Adaptations

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    Love Affair film was remade by McCarey in 1957 as An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in the lead roles, using a very similar screenplay, and by Glenn Gordon Caron in 1994 as Love Affair, starring Warren Beatty, Annette Bening and, in her last feature film appearance, Katharine Hepburn. A 1999 Bollywood movie, Mann, was made based on the same storyline.

    Academy Awards

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  • Outstanding Production: RKO Radio
  • Best Actress: Irene Dunne
  • Best Supporting Actress: Maria Ouspenskaya
  • Best Writing (Original Story): Mildred Cram, Leo McCarey
  • Best Art Direction: Van Nest Polglase, Al Herman
  • Best Original Song: "Wishing," Music and Lyrics by Buddy de Sylva
  • Others

    The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:

  • 2002: AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions – Nominated
  • Availability

    In 1967, the film entered the public domain (in the United States) due to the claimants' failure to renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication. Because of this, the film is widely available on home video and online. The film can be downloaded legally for free on the Internet Archive.


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