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An Affair to Remember (1957)

An Affair to Remember DVD

bullet Full Cast and Crew for An Affair to Remember (1957) bullet

bullet Directed by
Leo McCarey

bullet Writing credits
Leo McCarey and Mildred Cram (story)
Delmer Daves, Donald Ogden Stewart and Leo McCarey (screenplay)

bullet Cast (in credits order)
Cary Grant .... Nickie Ferrante
Deborah Kerr .... Terry McKay
Richard Denning .... Kenneth Bradley
Neva Patterson .... Lois Clark
Cathleen Nesbitt .... Grandmother Janou
Robert Q. Lewis .... Himself - Announcer
Charles Watts .... Ned Hathaway
Fortunio Bonanova .... Courbet

bullet Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Adams .... Mother at Rehersal (uncredited)
Richard Allen .... Orphan (uncredited)
Geneviève Aumont .... Gabriella (uncredited)
Al Bain .... (uncredited)
Butch Bernard .... (uncredited)
Dino Bolognese .... Italian TV commentator (uncredited)
Paul Bradley .... Man (uncredited)
Mary Carroll .... Teacher (uncredited)
Norman Champion III .... Orphan (uncredited)
Kathleen Charney .... Orphan (uncredited)
Brian Corcoran .... Boy, age 5 (uncredited)
Tony De Mario .... Waiter (uncredited)
Minta Durfee .... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Michka Egan .... Waiter on ship (uncredited)
Suzanne Ellers .... Teacher (uncredited)
Juney Ellis .... Teacher (uncredited)
Theresa Emerson .... Orphan (uncredited)
Jesslyn Fax .... Terry's Landlady (uncredited)
Priscilla Garcia .... Marie, French Child (uncredited)
Ken Kane .... (uncredited)
Terry Ross Kelman .... Orphan (uncredited)
Walter Woolf King .... Doctor in Hospital (uncredited)
Mike Lally .... Ship's Dance Floor Extra (uncredited)
Jack Lomas .... Sign Painter (uncredited)
Robert Lynn .... Second Doctor (uncredited)
Nora Marlowe .... Gladys, Terry's Maid (uncredited)
Nita Mathews .... Party guest (uncredited)
Helen Mayon .... Nurse (uncredited)
Anthony Mazzola .... Page boy (uncredited)
Louis Mercier .... Mario (uncredited)
Matt Moore .... Father McGrath (uncredited)
Alberto Morin .... Bartender (uncredited)
Scotty Morrow .... Orphan (uncredited)
Alena Murray .... Airline stewardess (uncredited)
Marni Nixon .... Terry McKay (singing voice) (uncredited)
Tom Nolan .... Redhead (uncredited)
Don Pietro .... Page boy (uncredited)
Patricia Powell .... Blonde (uncredited)
Jack Raine .... British TV commentator (uncredited)
Danny Scott .... (uncredited)
Sarah Selby .... Miss Lane (uncredited)
Marc Snegoff .... (uncredited)
Marc Snow .... Ship's photographer (uncredited)
Bert Stevens .... Maitre D' (uncredited)
Tina Thompson .... Orphan (uncredited)
Roger Til .... French commentator (uncredited)
Geraldine Wall .... Miss Webb (uncredited)

bullet Produced by
Leo McCarey and Jerry Wald .... producers

bullet Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer (incidental music)
Harry Warren (songs "An Affair to Remember [Our Love Affair]," "Continué," "The Tiny Scout [He Knows You Inside Out], "Tomorrow Land" and "You Make It Easy To Be True.")
Harold Adamson .... lyricist
Leo McCarey .... lyricist

bullet Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner (as Milton Krasner)

bullet Film Editing by
James B. Clark

bullet Art Direction by
Jack Martin Smith and Lyle R. Wheeler

bullet Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox and Walter M. Scott

bullet Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist

bullet Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gilbert Mandelik .... assistant director

bullet Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Charles Peck .... sound

bullet Special Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects

bullet Other crew
Vic Damone .... singer: title song
Ken Darby .... vocal supervisor
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Pete King .... orchestrator
Charles Le Maire .... executive wardrobe designer
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Marni Nixon .... singing voice: Deborah Kerr (uncredited)

bullet Awards for An Affair to Remember (1957) bullet

Academy Awards, USA

1958 Nominated Oscar Best Cinematography
Milton R. Krasner

1958 Nominated Oscar Best Costume Design
Charles Le Maire

1958 Nominated Oscar Best Music, Original Song
Harry Warren (music)
Harold Adamson (lyrics)
Leo McCarey (lyrics)
For the song "An Affair to Remember"

1958 Nominated Oscar Best Music, Scoring
Hugo Friedhofer

Directors Guild of America, USA

1958 Nominated DGA Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures
Leo McCarey

Laurel Awards

1958 Nominated Golden Laurel Top Music Composer
Hugo Friedhofer - 5th place.

Photoplay Awards

1957 Won Gold Medal

bullet AMG Info for An Affair to Remember (1957) bullet

US (1957)- 115 min. - Feature, Color

Plot Synopsis
An Affair to Remember, director Leo McCarey's scene-for-scene remake of his own 1939 film Love Affair, isn't really an improvement on the original, but it's equally as enjoyable. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, high-profile types both engaged to be married to other people, meet and fall in love during an ocean voyage. To test the depth of their commitment to each other, Grant and Kerr promise that, if they're still in love at the end of six months, they will meet again at the top of the Empire State Building. Clips from An Affair to Remember were used as "reference points" throughout the 1993 romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle, which likewise concluded atop the Empire State Building. Disproving the theory that "Third Time's the Charm," Warren Beatty attempted to remake An Affair to Remember, again titled Love Affair, in 1994.

Leo McCarey's remake of his Love Affair (1939) is a classic tearjerker and a key reference of Sleepless in Seattle (1993). While shameless in its manipulation of emotion, the film avoids the worst excesses of the bathetic through the peerless performances of its two graceful leads. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr star as the couple who, after meeting on a cruise ship, agree to meet at the top of the Empire State Building in six months time in order to test the strength of their love. The film suffers from a certain unevenness. After its engaging first act, the lengthy second act during which the lovers are waiting out the six months, which includes some subpar musical numbers by Kerr, is an exercise in tedium. The film's reputation is based upon the plotting chicanery of its third act and its lachrymose denouement. With a film like this, one is tempted to conjecture about the enduring appeal of something so patently false. But if one takes Kerr's accidental injury as a metaphor for her own sense of unworthiness or fear of loving and being loved, along with Grant's love for her in spite of her "fault," the source of its power seems much easier to accept.

bullet Review for An Affair to Remember (1957) bullet

Get out your handkerchiefs for this four-star weepie, a 1957 remake of the 1939 Love Affair, directed by Leo McCarey, who also made the original. Grant and Kerr are strangers on an ocean liner, involved with other people, but who can't resist each other for a shipboard romance. They decide to test whether this is the real thing by agreeing to split up, then meet in six months atop the Empire State Building. Is there anyone who can resist that setup or the tragic romantic mishap that nearly splits them up? Can you keep dry eyes during the famous finale? Some prefer the original (with Charles Boyer); practically no one liked the underrated 1994 remake with Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. While occasionally a shade slow, this one soars on Grant's charm and Kerr's noble suffering.

bullet Leonard Maltin Review for An Affair to Remember (1957) bullet

US (1957): Romance
115 min, No rating, Color
Leonard Maltin Review: 2.5 stars out of 4

Middling remake of McCarey's LOVE AFFAIR. Bubbling shipboard comedy in first half, overshadowed by draggy soap-opera clichés and unnecessary musical numbers in NYC finale. Vic Damone croons title tune on sound track. CinemaScope.

bullet Memorable Quotes from An Affair to Remember (1957) bullet

Terry McKay: Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories... And we've already missed the spring!

Nickie Ferrante: I'll just take my ego for a walk.

Nickie Ferrante: Tell me. Did you write the song "I'll Never Smile Again?"
Terry McKay: [laughs] No. But I'm thinking of writing one called "Moon Over La Gabriella." Do you think it will ever take the place of night baseball?
[Shakes her head.]

Nickie Ferrante: But you have such an honest face.
Terry McKay: I have?
Nickie Ferrante: I can trust you, can't I?
Terry McKay: Yes, I suppose so.
Nickie Ferrante: Good, come with me.
Terry McKay: Yes, but the Captain has an honest face, too! Why can't you tell him your troubles?

Interviewer: I'm sure you had some wonderful experiences in Europe.
Nickie Ferrante: Yes.
Interviewer: Would you care to expand on that statement?
Nickie Ferrante: No.

Terry McKay: And all I could say was, "hello".

Terry McKay: Oh, it's nobody's fault but my own! I was looking up. It was the nearest thing to heaven! You were there!

Nickie: There must be something between us, even if it's only an ocean.

Terry McKay: [voice shaking, ready to cry] If you can paint, I can walk. Anything can happen, right?

bullet Trivia for An Affair to Remember (1957) bullet

Ingrid Bergman' was the first choice to play Terry McKay.

Nickie and Terry make their conditional promise to meet in six months at exactly the halfway point of the movie (59 1/2 minutes elapsed in the 119 minute movie).

Deborah Kerr's singing was dubbed by Marni Nixon, who also dubbed her in The King and I (1956) the previous year.

Deborah Kerr plays Terry McKay, previously played by Irene Dunne in Love Affair (1939), of which this film is a remake. The year before this film was made, Deborah Kerr played Anna Leonowens in The King and I (1956) - also a role that had previously been played by Irene Dunne in the black and white classic Anna and the King of Siam (1946), of which The King and I was in actuality a remake (albeit a musical remake).

Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant improvised many of their scenes throughout filming, and a number of lines that made it to the final cut of the film came from the actors' improvisation.

References to this movie in Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle (1993), revitalized interest in the film, and led to 2 million additional sales of the 1957 classic on VHS.

bullet Goofs for An Affair to Remember (1957) bullet

Continuity: When Terri Mckay is teaching the little kids to sing, two of the kids go and do a dance, then walk back around and behind the little girl. In the close-up of the cute little blond girl, there is no one behind her, and in the next shot the boy and the girl are there behind her again.

Revealing mistakes: An open water shot of the Constitution shows the wake from the camera boat.

bullet DVD Details bullet

An Affair to Remember (1957)

Product Details

Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
Region: Region 1
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Studio: 20th Century-Fox
DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
Run Time: 119 minutes

DVD Features

Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Commentary by: Singer Marni Nixon and Film Historian Joseph McBride
AMC Backstory Episode: "An Affair to Remember"
Movietone Newsreel (Shipboard Premiere)
Still Gallery
Theatrical Trailer

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