I Met My Love Again
|I Met My Love Again|
|Directed by||Joshua Logan
George Cukor (uncredited)
|Produced by||Walter Wanger|
|Written by||Allene Corliss (novel)|
|Screenplay by||David Hertz|
|Based on||Summer Lightning|
|Music by||Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)|
|Edited by||Otho Lovering
Walter Wanger Productions
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Release dates||14 January 1938|
|Running time||77 min|
I Met My Love Again (1938) is an American romantic drama film distributed by United Artists, directed by Joshua Logan, Arthur Ripley and George Cukor. The screenplay was written by David Hertz, based on the novel Summer Lightning by Allene Corliss. The film stars Joan Bennett and Henry Fonda.
The film begins with Julie and Ives are two teen sweethearts, on a walk together. They declare they love each other and want to get married as soon as Ives has earned enough money for them to live on.
The following Christmas Julie is out in town with her friend, buying provisions for a Christmas party the former is throwing. Although there is a blizzard, the girls wager on who can reach home first, Julie taking the mountain road. Julie gets lost in the storm, and her family and Ives begin to panic. She finds a small cottage, rented by pulp fiction writer Michael Shaw. He seduces her and the next morning they marry and elope to Paris.
Ten unhappy years pass, for Julie and Ives. When Michael is shot in a brawl, Julie returns to her hometown with her daughter Joan. Ives has become a college professor, and the two meet curtly. One of Ives students Brenda Wayne has developed a massive crush on her teacher, and tells her she loves him. Brenda uses almost the exact words Ives used to Julie ten years previously when she describes her love for him, and suddenly he realizes he still loves Julie. He rejects Brenda and invites Julie to the school prom with him.
During the evening they find their has love re-blossomed, but it is ruined when Brenda makes a scene. Someone takes Brenda home, and Julie and Ives decide to leave, but they also decide to get married as soon as possible.
When they arrive home, a man arrives with Brenda claiming she tried to hang herself after the party. Ives declares he can't marry Julie if Brenda is prepared to die for love of him. Julie, distraught, rushes out to the car where Brenda is waiting and begins to drive it at high speeds, claiming she is going to kill them both as neither of them can have Ives. Brenda begs her not to do it, claiming she didn't really try to kill herself, and only pretended to do so to get Ives back for rejecting her.
Joan and Ives get married at long last.
- Joan Bennett as Julie Wier Shaw
- Henry Fonda as Ives Towner
- Louise Platt as Brenda Wayne
- Alan Marshal as Michael Shaw
- Dame May Whitty as Aunt William
- Alan Baxter as Tony
- Dorothy Stickney as Mrs. Towner
- Tim Holt as Budge Williams
The film didn't make a profit, but lost $64,104.
- Matthew Bernstein, Walter Wagner: Hollywood Independent, Minnesota Press, 2000 p438
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- I Met My Love Again at the Internet Movie Database
- I Met My Love Again at the TCM Movie Database
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