Love Affair (1939)




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Leo McCarey's frequently-remade romantic comedy stars Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne, two cruise ship travelers who fall instantly in love despite the fact that both are already engaged to other people. After their trip, they resolve to meet six months later at the top of the Empire State Building, but their plans are disrupted by fate.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Madacy Entertainment

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Irene Dunne
as Terry Mackay
Charles Boyer
as Michel Marnet
Maria Ouspenskaya
as Grandmother Janou
Maurice Moscovich
as Maurice Cobert
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
Oscar O'Shea
as Priest
Tom Dugan
as Drunk with Christmas Tree
Bill Lee Brown
as Kenneth Bradley
Bess Flowers
as Woman in Couple on Deck (uncredited)
Gerald Mohr
as Extra
Harold Miller
as Couple on Deck
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Critic Reviews for Love Affair

All Critics (7)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Meticulously directed by McCarey and splendidly acted by Boyer and Irene Dunne, this is the first and best screen version of the romantic drama that McCarey himself remade in 1957 and Warren Beatty in 1994.

Full Review… | January 29, 2009

Kicks into a tearjerker drama in the third act.

Full Review… | June 28, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...the characters' climactic meeting is strangely underwhelming...

Full Review… | January 26, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Love Affair

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 Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


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 nixon
jay nixon

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