Movie Review – ‘An Affair to Remember’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ and I’m Tim Bradley!

My parents and I recently saw the 1957 film ‘An Affair to Remember’ on Disney+. This is a romance film starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. I found this a pleasant film to watch. Apparently, this happens to be a remake of the 1939 film called ‘Love Affair’, starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer.

I’ve seen Cary Grant before as he later appeared in the Alfred Hitchcock-directed 1959 film ‘North By Northwest’ and he was in the Christmas 1947 film ‘The Bishop’s Wife’. I’ve also seen Deborah Kerr in the 1956 musical film ‘The King and I’. It was surreal to see these two actors appearing in this film.

The film focuses on Cary Grant as Nickie Ferrante, a well-known playboy who meets Deborah Kerr as Terry McKay aboard the transatlantic ocean liner – the SS Constitution – en route from Europe to New York. In the film, Nickie has his fiancée to go back to and Terry has her own fiancé to go back to.

After a series of meetings aboard the ship, Nickie and Terry establish a friendship that becomes a romance. They pay a brief visit to Nickie’s grandmother when the ship anchors near her home at Villefranche-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean coast. Terry sees Nickie with new eyes and new feelings.

Terry learns that Nickie is a talented painter, but he destroyed his paintings from being critical of them. Once Nickie and Terry establish their feelings to each other on the return journey to New York, they agree to reunite at the Empire State Building after finishing their relationships with their fiancées. 😐

I will admit, the film is slow to start off with especially with Cary Grant’s character meeting up with Deborah Kerr’s character. The more I got into the film however; I found I was enjoying the characters’ romantic journeys and how they got to reunite through misunderstandings on the way. 🙂

As well as Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, the film also features Richard Denning as Kenneth Bradley (Terry’s prospective fiancé) and Neva Patterson as Lois Clark (Nickie’s prospective fiancée). Hearing that name Lois Clark makes me think of a combination of Lois Lane and Clark Kent from Superman. 🙂

There’s also Cathleen Nesbitt as Grandmother Janou, Robert Q. Lewis as himself (or the announcer), Charles Watts as Ned Hathaway and Fortunio Bonanova as Courbert. There’s also Marni Nixon who provides Deborah Kerr’s singing voice throughout the film. She did a similar thing for ‘The King and I’.

Yeah! Marni Nixon was Deborah Kerr’s singing voice for the character she played in ‘The King and I’. 😀 The film’s theme song ‘An Affair to Remember (Our Love Affair)’ composed by Harry Warren and with the lyrics by Leo McCarey (the film’s director) and Harold Adamson, was sung by Vic Damone. 🙂

There are songs like ‘Continué’, sung by Marni Nixon dubbing for Deborah Kerr and there are songs sung some kids when Deborah Kerr’s Terry is a music teacher for a bit. ‘The Tiny Scout (He Knows You Inside Out)’, ‘Tomorrow Land’ and ‘You Make It Easy To Be True’ are the film’s other songs here.

Incidentally, the film’s director Leo McCarey also directed ‘Going My Way’ and ‘The Bells of St. Mary’ with Bill Crosby. Leo McCarey was also responsible for directing the original 1939 film ‘Love Affair’, which this film is remade from. It’s amazing how some of these things come full circle in film history.

‘An Affair to Remember’ is a pleasant romantic film to watch. I’m pleased my parents and I have seen it. It’s not the usual thing I would go for when checking out a film on Disney+, but it was nice to see Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr together. I’m glad the film’s love story turned out well in the end. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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