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Love Affair Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Leo McCarey's classic tale of romance stars Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer as two strangers who fall in love on an ocean voyage. Charles Boyer is Michel Marnet, engaged to be married to Lois Clarke (Astrid Allwyn). Irene Dunne is Terry McKay, also engaged to be married, in this case to Kenneth Bradley (Lee Bowman). But when Michel and Terry meet aboard a ship, they fall instantly in love. In order to prove to themselves their love affair is not just a shipboard romance, they agree to meet six months hence on the top of the Empire State Building. If they still feel the same way about each other, they will bid adieu to their fiancees and start their affair anew. Six months later, they are still thinking about each other and proceed to their meeting at the Empire State Building. Michel awaits Terry's arrival, but Terry, on the way to their meeting, is involved in a terrible car accident, leaving her a cripple. Later, by a twist of fate, they are reunited and Michel vows to stay with Terry to help her walk again. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:March 16, 1939

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Irene Dunne Best Actress 1939 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mildred Cram Best Original Story 1939 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leo McCarey Best Original Story 1939 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Maria Ouspenskaya Best Supporting Actress 1939 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Buddy G. DeSylva Best Song 1939 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Van Nest Polglase Best Art Direction 1939 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Albert Herman Best Art Direction 1939 Nominee

Cast

Irene Dunne
as Terry McKay
Charles Boyer
as Michel Marnet
Maria Ouspenskaya
as Grandmother Janou
Lee Bowman
as Ken Bradley
Astrid Allwyn
as Lois Clarke
Maurice Moscovich
as Maurice Cobert
Oscar O'Shea
as Priest
Phyllis Kennedy
as Maid
Leyland Hodgson
as Doctor
Lloyd Ingraham
Gerald Mohr
as Extra
Joan Leslie
as Autograph Seeker
Scotty Beckett
as Boy on Ship
Bess Flowers
as Couple on Deck
Carolyn Hughes
as Nightclub Patron
Tom Dugan
as Drunk with Christmas Tree
Frank McGlynn, Sr.
as Orphanage Superintendent, "Picklepuss"
Dell Henderson
as Cafe Manager
Ferike Boros
as Boarding House Keeper

Crew

Leo McCarey
Director
Leo McCarey
Producer
Leo McCarey
Screenwriter
Donald Ogden Stewart
Screenwriter
Delmer Daves
Screenwriter
Rudolph Maté
Cinematographer
Buddy G. DeSylva
Composer (Music Score)
Harold Arlen
Composer (Music Score)
Roy Webb
Composer (Music Score)
Ted Koehler
Composer (Music Score)
Edward Dmytryk
Editor
Van Nest Polglase
Production Designer
Darrell Silvera
Set Designer
Edward Stevenson
Costume Designer
Howard Greer
Costume Designer
Vernon Walker
Special Effects
Mildred Cram
Short Story Author
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