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Love Affair (1939 film)

Love Affair is a 1939 romantic film starring Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer and Maria Ouspenskaya, and directed by Leo McCarey. The movie was written by Mildred Cram, Leo McCarey, Delmer Daves and Donald Ogden Stewart.

Love Affair was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay (Mildred Cram, Leo McCarey), Best Original Song (Buddy G. DeSylva, For the song "Wishing"), and Best Art Direction (Van Nest Polglase, Alfred Herman).

Love Affair was remade in 1957 as An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in the lead roles, using the same screenplay, and in 1994 as Love Affair, starring Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, and, in her last feature film appearance, Katharine Hepburn.

Plot summary

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). Nonetheless, they fall in love. At a stop at Madeira, they visit Michel's grandmother Janou (Maria Ouspenskaya), who approves of Terry. The couple make an appointment to meet six months later on top of the Empire State Building. However, tragedy strikes; Terry is struck by a car on her way to the rendezvous and is told that she may be crippled, though that will not be known for certain for several months. Not wanting to be a burden to Michel, she does not contact him, preferring to let him think the worst.

They 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.


Production crew

  • Art Direction by Van Nest Polglase
  • Set Decoration by Darrell Silvera
  • Costume Design by Howard Greer / Edward Stevenson
  • James H. Anderson .... assistant director
  • Alfred Herman .... associate art director
  • John L. Cass .... sound
  • Special Effects by Vernon L. Walker
  • Douglas Travers .... montage

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