Love Affair


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.

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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

All Critics (7)

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.

Jan 29, 2009 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Kicks into a tearjerker drama in the third act.

Jun 28, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

Jan 26, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Outstanding first version of An Affair to Remember. Superior on all counts.

Nov 24, 2003 | Rating: 5/5

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

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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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It's easy to understand this film's influence on movies such as Sleepless in Seattle. My only real gripe: The ending's too abrupt. Fair warning: If you see this, have the tissues handy just in case.

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 : )
Lanning : )

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