Love Affair (1939 film)
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|Directed by||Leo McCarey|
|Produced by||Leo McCarey|
Donald Ogden Stewart
|Music by||Roy Webb|
|Editing by||Edward Dmytryk
|Studio||RKO Radio Pictures|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
|Release date(s)||March 16, 1939|
|Running time||87 minutes|
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.
Love Affair was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Writing, Original Story (Mildred Cram, Leo McCarey), Best Original Song (Buddy G. DeSylva, for the song "Wishing"), and Best Art Direction (Van Nest Polglase, Alfred Herman).
The 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.
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.
- 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
Production crew 
- Art Direction by Van Nest Polglase
- Set Decoration by Darrell Silvera
- Costume Design by Howard Greer / Edward Stevenson
- Assistant direction by James H. Anderson
- Associate art direction by Alfred Herman
- Sound by John L. Cass
- Special Effects by Vernon L. Walker
- Montage by Douglas Travers
The film made a profit of $221,000.
See also 
In 1967, the film entered the public domain (in the USA) 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.
- Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p. 56
- "NY Times: Love Affair". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
- Pierce, David (June 2007). "Forgotten Faces: Why Some of Our Cinema Heritage Is Part of the Public Domain". Film History: An International Journal 19 (2): 125–43. doi:10.2979/FIL.2007.19.2.125. ISSN 0892-2160. OCLC 15122313. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
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