Love Affair 1939

Love Affair

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Engaged ladies' man Michel Marnet (Charles Boyer) encounters spoken-for singer Terry McKay (Irene Dunne) aboard a transatlantic cruise, where sparks fly and a romance ensues. Once they reach New York, Michel and Terry agree to go back to their significant others, then meet atop the Empire State Building in six months, when both are free to pursue their affair. Though a tragic accident forestalls their reunion, Terry and Michel still hold out hope for a chance to rekindle their true love.

Cast

Irene Dunne
as Terry Mackay
Charles Boyer
as Michel Marnet
Maria Ouspenskaya
as Grandmother Janou
Lee Bowman
as Kenneth
Scotty Beckett
as Boy on Ship
Joan Leslie
as Autograph Seeker
Frank McGlynn Sr.
as Orphanage Superintendent
Dell Henderson
as Cafe Manager
Carol Hughes
as Nightclub Patron
Carolyn Hughes
as Nightclub Patron
Ferike Boros
as Boarding House Keeper
Tom Dugan
as Drunk with Christmas Tree
Bill Lee Brown
as Kenneth Bradley
Bess Flowers
as Woman in Couple on Deck (uncredited)
Harold Miller
as Couple on Deck
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Critic Reviews for Love Affair

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Audience Reviews for Love Affair

  • Mar 04, 2015
    Interesting to see how much change pre-marital relationships have changed from 1939 to now. This movie would appeal to the romantics among us.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2013
    Yeah yeah yeah. The original movie at the top of the Empire State Building which no one remembers because we have An Affair to Remember so many years later. Quaint but not memorable.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2010
    Original version of the old saw of star crossed lovers filmed most famously as An Affair to Remember. Not bad but missing the remake's lushness, musical score, although unfortunately Dunne sings, and strong chemistry of the leads. Boyer is very good here, Irene Dunne while certainly not bad and a sprightly comedienne was not as compelling or accesible in dramas as Deborah Kerr so you don't become quite as involved in the couple's story. Still a pleasant diversion.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Nov 16, 2007
    It's easy to understand this film's influence on movies such as <i>Sleepless in Seattle</i>. My only real gripe: The ending's too abrupt. Fair warning: If you see this, have the tissues handy just in case. <p>This may be my favorite Irene Dunne. She's a smart actress, and that intelligence shines through here. Yeah, Charles Boyer never did much for me either, but he's good enough here, and it's Dunne's show anyway. I echo the sentiments of swedishsouffle: It is appalling that Irene Dunne never won an Oscar.
    Lanning : Super Reviewer

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