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Love Affair (1939)

Director:
Leo McCarey

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Romance

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Stevnemøte

RUNNING TIME
87 minutes

Producer:
Leo McCarey

Screenwriter:
Delmer Daves
Donald Ogden Stewart
S.N. Behrman


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Terry McKay Irene Dunne
Michel Marnet Charles Boyer ½
Grandmother Janou Maria Ouspenskaya ½
Kenneth Bradley Lee Bowman -
Lois Clarke Astrid Allwyn -
Maurice Cobert, art dealer Maurice Moscovitch -
Boy on Ship Scotty Beckett -

 

Review

Irene Dunne's bubbly, cheeky and very much modern performance carries this iconic, but in many ways slight romantic film from start to finish. She's the reason the rather unremarkable dalliance on the ocean-liner works as well as it does, and she's the reason the film has stood the test of time quite well in terms of gender roles; her Terry McKay could hold her own against Charles Boyer's ex-womanizer Michel Marnet. And he clearly respected her autonomy. What hasn't stood the test of time equally well are the studio sets. The film feels a lot more boxed-in than it should have, seeing as it's mostly set on the high seas and in New York City. Anyone expecting to get a glimpse of life anno 1939, outside of the relationship between these two people and a grandmother on Madeira, will be disappointed. Maria Ouspenskaya, who played said grandmother, was incidentally only 23 years older than Boyer. Talk about quick breeding. Scotty Beckett makes a wonderful one-scene appearance as a random kid on the ship.

Copyright © 18.03.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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