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An Affair to Remember
Alternate Title: Love Affair
Director: Leo McCarey (Dir)
Release Date:   Jul 1957
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 19 Jul 1957
Production Date:   mid-Feb--10 Apr 1957; addl scenes began 8 May 1957
Duration (in mins):   114-115
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Cast:   Cary Grant (Nickie Ferrante)  
    Deborah Kerr (Terry McKay)  
    Richard Denning (Kenneth)  
    Neva Patterson (Lois Clark)  
    Cathleen Nesbitt (Grandmother)  
    Robert Q. Lewis (Announcer)  
    Charles Watts (Ned Hathaway)  
    Fortunio Bonanova (Courbet)  
    Matt Moore (Father McGrath)  
    Louis Mercier (Mario )  
    Geraldine Wall (Miss Webb)  
    Nora Marlowe (Gladys)  
    Sarah Selby (Miss Lane)  
    Alberto Morin (Bartender)  
    Genevieve Aumont (Gabrielle)  
    Jesslyn Fax (Landlady)  
    Butch Bernard (Orphan)  
    Theresa Emerson (Orphan)  
    Richard Allen (Orphan)  
    Tina Thompson (Orphan)  
    Scotty Morrow (Orphan)  
    Kathleen Charney (Orphan)  
    Terry Ross Kelman (Orphan)  
    Norman Champion III (Orphan)  
    Mary Carroll (Teacher)  
    Suzanne Ellers (Teacher)  
    Juney Ellis (Teacher)  
    Anthony Mazzola (Page boy)  
    Don Pietro (Page boy)  
    Tony De Mario (Waiter)  
    Michka Egan (Waiter on ship)  
    Bert Stevens (Maitre d')  
    Danny Scott (Boy)  
    Brian Corcoran (Boy)  
    Priscilla Garcia (French child)  
    Marc Snow (Ship's photographer)  
    Helen Mayon (Nurse)  
    Walter Woolf King (Doctor)  
    Robert Lynn (Doctor)  
    Roger Til (French commentator)  
    Jack Raine (English commentator)  
    Dino Bolognese (Italian commentator)  
    Jack Lomas (Painter)  
    Dorothy Adams (Settlement worker)  
    Al Bain (Ex-fighter)  
    Ken Kane (Elevator operator)  
    Patricia Powell (Blonde)  
    Alena Murray (Airline stewardess)  
    Paul Bradley    

Summary: Notorious playboy Nickie Ferrante makes worldwide headlines when he becomes engaged to Lois Clark, one of the richest heiresses in America. While sailing from France to New York to meet his intended, Nickie is intrigued when he sees fellow passenger Terry McKay carrying his misplaced cigarette case. After Terry returns the case, Nickie tries to flatter her, prompting her to comment sarcastically on his reputation. When Nickie follows Terry to her room, she points to the photograph of Kenneth, her fiancé, nestled on her nightstand, and although Terry steadfastly resists Nickie's charm, she accepts his dinner invitation. Over dinner, the tart-tongued Terry banters with Nickie. The next day, as each receives a message from his or her sweetheart, Terry tells Nickie that she worked as a nightclub singer until meeting the wealthy Kenneth, who has been schooling her on how to be the perfect cultured wife. Concerned that their fellow passengers may gossip about their budding friendship, Terry insists that she and Nickie go their separate ways. That night, when they are seated back to back at different dining tables, the room breaks out into laughter at their charade. During a chance meeting in the swimming pool the next morning, Nickie invites Terry to meet his grandmother when the ship docks at Madeira. Terry is certain that he is taking her to visit another one of his conquests until she meets the gracious aging woman who inhabits the serene villa on the hill. There, Terry and Nickie kneel in the chapel together, and Nickie is profoundly moved when Terry solemnly bows her head in prayer. Afterward, during a tête-à-tête with Nickie's grandmother, Terry learns that Nickie is a talented artist, but that his restlessness has prevented him from developing his ability. Grandmother then confides that she hopes Terry may provide the anchor to Nickie's rootlessness. Later, as Grandmother plays a tune on the piano, Terry accompanies her in song. Their idyll ends when the ship's horn summons them back, and after Grandmother tearfully bids Nickie goodbye, she promises to send Terry her beautiful white lace shawl one day. That night aboard the ship, Terry thanks Nickie for a memorable day, and after they kiss, Nickie comments that they have changed course. On the evening before docking in New York, Terry confesses that she no longer loves Kenneth. Realizing that they have both finally found happiness, Nickie proposes and asks Terry to wait for him six months so that he can prove himself worthy of supporting her. Terry promises to give him her answer in the morning. The next day, as they sail into the New York harbor, Terry makes a date to meet Nickie in six months, on July 1, at 5 o'clock in the afternoon, and Nickie suggests that they reunite at the Empire State Building, the nearest thing to heaven in New York. When the ship docks, Nickie and Terry half-heartedly greet their intendeds, and as Kenneth hugs Terry with his back to Nickie, Nickie pauses and tenderly places a kiss on Terry's hand. At Lois' estate, Nickie is about to break his engagement when a television reporter arrives to interview the couple whose "romance has captured the imagination of the whole world." Kenneth and Terry watch the interview, and when Terry reacts emotionally to Nickie's statement that he plans to marry in six months, Kenneth realizes that she has fallen in love with him. Three months of hard work later, Nickie takes a series of paintings to Courbet, the art dealer. Although Courbet advises Nickie to trade on his notoriety, Nickie insists on painting under a pseudonym. Terry, meanwhile, has resumed her singing career in Boston. Desperate for money, Nickie takes a job as a billboard painter until he finally sells his first canvas. At the end of six months, Terry flies to New York. In anticipation of her wedding, she stops at her favorite dress shop to buy an "irresistible" frock. When the clerk notifies Kenneth that Terry is there, he hurries to meet her. Protesting that she is late, Terry rushes out the door. After hailing a cab to the Empire State Building, Terry jumps out at her destination and with her eyes focused skyward, she is struck by an oncoming car. High atop the Empire State Building, meanwhile, Nickie anxiously awaits Terry's arrival, impervious to the ambulance sirens below. As midnight approaches, a torrential rainstorm breaks over the city and Nickie, despondent, ends his vigil. Meanwhile, in a nearby hospital, an incoherent Terry calls for Nickie, and her doctor informs Kenneth that she may never walk again. Stubbornly refusing to contact Nickie until she is able to walk, the convalescing Terry takes a job teaching music to orphaned children. Upon his grandmother's death, Nickie makes a final pilgrimage to her villa and wistfully recalls the blissful night he spent there with Terry. At Christmastime, Nickie returns to New York for a showing of his work, and is invited by Lois to attend the theater. After the performance, Nickie is stunned to see Terry seated on the aisle with Kenneth. On Christmas Eve, Nickie, unaware of Terry's condition, appears at her door and finds her reclining on the couch. After bitterly reproaching her for failing to keep their rendezvous, Nickie presents her with his grandmother's shawl. As Terry drapes the shawl across her shoulders, Nickie sardonically remarks that he once painted her wearing that shawl. He continues that Courbet told him that a young, crippled woman admired the painting with such fervor that he instructed the art dealer to give it to her. Finally comprehending that Terry was that woman, Nickie flings open her bedroom door and, seeing the painting, is confronted with the painful truth of her condition. After he tearfully embraces her, Terry declares that if he can paint, she can walk. 

Production Company: Jerry Wald Productions, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.  
Director: Leo McCarey (Dir)
  Gilbert Mandelik (Asst dir)
  Jack Gertsman (2d asst dir)
Producer: Jerry Wald (Prod)
Writer: Leo McCarey (Orig story)
  Mildred Cram (Orig story)
  Delmer Daves (Scr)
  Leo McCarey (Scr)
  Donald Ogden Stewart (Scr)
Photography: Milton Krasner (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Lyle R. Wheeler (Art dir)
  Jack Martin Smith (Art dir)
Film Editor: James B. Clark (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Walter M. Scott (Set dec)
  Paul L. Fox (Set dec)
Costumes: Charles LeMaire (Exec ward des)
  Mickey Sherrard (Ward)
  Kay Reed (Ward)
Music: Hugo Friedhofer (Mus)
  Lionel Newman (Cond)
  Ken Darby (Vocal supv)
  Edward B. Powell (Orch)
  Pete King (Orch)
Sound: Charles Peck (Sd)
  Harry M. Leonard (Sd)
  James Loomis (Rec)
Special Effects: L. B. Abbott (Spec photog eff)
Make Up: Ben Nye (Makeup)
  Helen Turpin (Hair styles)
Production Misc: Pat Miller (Scr supv)
  Gaston Glass (Unit prod mgr)
Stand In: Marni Nixon (Singing voice double for Deborah Kerr)
Color Personnel: Leonard Doss (Col consultant)
Country: United States
Language: English

Music: "Easy to Be True" by Harry Warren.
Songs: "An Affair to Remember," music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Harold Adamson and Leo McCarey, sung by Vic Damone; "Tomorrow Land" and "The Tiny Little Scout," music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Harold Adamson and Leo McCarey.
Composer: Harold Adamson
  Leo McCarey
  Harry Warren
Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Jerry Wald Productions, Inc. and Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. 19/7/1957 dd/mm/yyyy LP8838

Physical Properties: Sd: Westrex Recording System
  col: De Luxe
  Widescreen/ratio: CinemaScope
  Lenses/Prints: lenses by Bausch & Lomb

 
Genre: Melodrama
Sub-Genre: with songs
 
Subjects (Major): Artists
  Engagements
  Handicapped
  Playboys
  Romance
  Singers
  Transformation
 
Subjects (Minor): Automobile accidents
  Boston (MA)
  Chapels
  Christmas
  Empire State Building (New York City)
  Grandmothers
  Heiresses
  Hospitals
  New York City
  Orphans
  Rainstorms
  Reporters
  Ships
  Tycoons

Note: The working title of this picture was Love Affair . The film's title card reads "Leo McCarey's An Affair to Remember ." According to the Var review, some scenes were filmed aboard the U.S.S. Constitution . An Affair to Remember was nominated for the following Academy Awards: Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Musical Score; the title song was nominated for Best Song.
       An Affair to Remember is a remake of the 1939 RKO picture Love Affair , starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer. McCarey directed, produced and co-wrote the earlier film with Mildred Cram and Delmer Daves. According to a Feb 1957 Var news item, the title to the later film was changed when Twentieth Century-Fox discovered that Columbia owned the rights to the name Love Affair . Blacklisted writer Donald Ogden Stewart, whose credits were omitted from An Affair to Remember , also contributed to writing the screenplay of the 1939 version (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ). In the 1993 Tri Star Pictures film Sleepless in Seattle , portions of An Affair to Remember were included as the character played by Meg Ryan watched and was inspired in her own romantic endeavors. In 1994, Mulholland Productions produced another version titled Love Affair , starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening and directed by Glenn Gordon Caron. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
American Cinematographer   1 Mar 58   p. 167.
Box Office   13 Jul 1957.   
Daily Variety   12 Jul 57   p. 3.
Film Daily   12 Jul 57   p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter   1 Feb 57   p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter   11 Feb 57   p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter   15 Feb 57   p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter   10 Apr 57   p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter   8 May 57   p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter   12 Jul 57   p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest   13 Jul 57   p. 449.
New York Times   19 Nov 57   p. 10.
New York Times   20 Jul 57   p. 8.
Variety   4 Feb 1957.   
Variety   17 Jul 57   p. 6.

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