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Love in the Afternoon Details


Gary Cooper more or less repeats his international-roue characterization from 1938's Gary Cooper for the 1957 romantic comedy Gary Cooper (both films were co-scripted by Billy Wilder, who also directed the latter picture). Audrey Hepburn co-stars as the daughter of Parisian private eye Maurice Chevalier. Investigating the amorous activities of Cooper, Chevalier relates what he's discovered to cuckolded husband John McGiver, who declares that he's going after Cooper with a pistol. Overhearing this conversation, Hepburn rushes off to rescue Cooper. She keeps him far away from McGiver by adopting a "woman of the world" pose. Cooper quickly sees through this charade; still, she is fascinated by Hepburn and attempts to relocate her after she disappears. Meeting Chevalier one day, Cooper relates the story of the Mystery Woman, never dreaming that he is describing Chevalier's daughter. Equally in the dark, Chevalier offers to locate the elusive Hepburn. Once he's tumbled to the fact that his quarry is his own flesh and blood, Chevalier advises Hepburn against contemplating a relationship with the much-older Cooper. She, of course, fails to heed this warning, setting the stage for an ultraromantic finale. Gary Cooper is highlighted by a superb running gag involving a quartet of gypsy violinists, who insist upon dogging Cooper's trail wherever he goes-including a steam bath. Gary Cooper was adapted by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond from the novel I.A.L. Diamond by Claude Anet. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 29, 1972


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Audrey Hepburn Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1957 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Billy Wilder Best Director 1957 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Maurice Chevalier Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1957 Nominee


Gary Cooper
as Frank Flannagan
Audrey Hepburn
as Ariane Chavasse
Maurice Chevalier
as Claude Chavasse
John McGiver
as Monsieur X
Van Doude
as Michel
Christian Lude
Guy Delorme
as Gigolo
Audrey Wilder
as Brunette
Bernard Musson
as Undertaker
Minerva Pious
as Maid at the Ritz
Paul Bonifas
as Commissioner of Police
Leila Croft
as Swedish Twin
as Flannagan's Chauffeur
Charles Bouillaud
as Valet at the Ritz
Marcelle Praince
as Rich Woman
as Butcher
Jacques Ary
as Lover on Right Bank
Charles Lemontier
Valerie Croft
as Swedish Twin
Betty Schneider
Eve Marley
Olga Valery
as Lady Hotel Guest
Alexandre Trauner
as Artist
Gregoire Gromoff
as Doorman at the Ritz


Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
I.A.L. Diamond
Claude Anet
Book Author
William C. Mellor
Franz Waxman
Composer (Music Score)
Leonide Azar
Alexandre Trauner
Production Designer
Doane Harrison
Associate Producer
Paul Feyder
First Assistant Director
Lucie Lichtig