Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, An Affair to Remember, 1957

Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, An Affair to Remember, 1957
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This lovely, classic 1957 romantic film was directed by Leo McCarey, and starred Cary Grant (January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986), Deborah Kerr (September 30, 1921 – October 16, 2007), Richard Denning (March 27, 1914 – October 11, 1998), Neva Patterson (February 10, 1920 – December 14, 2010), Emmy-winner Cathleen Nesbitt (November 24, 1888 – August 2, 1982), and Robert Q. Lewis (April 5, 1921 – December 11, 1991).

While some of the movie was filmed on location in France and New York, most of it was filmed in 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles. "An Affair to Remember" was nominated for four Oscars and won a Boxoffice Blue Ribbon Award. Because of references to it in Nora Ephron’s 1993 box office smash, "Sleepless in Seattle," public interest in the film was aroused, and led to 2 million additional sales of the classic on VHS tape.

Film synopsis, via IMDb:
A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building – but will it happen?

Film trivia bits, via IMDb:
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.
 
Deborah Kerr’s singing was dubbed by Marni Nixon, who also dubbed her in "The King and I" (1956) the previous year.
 
The film was shot mostly in Hollywood, though there were location shoots in New York City and the South of France. When Cathleen Nesbitt’s friends asked if she had enjoyed filming her scene as Cary Grant’s grandmother in France, she had to inform them that the interior scenes had been done on the 20th-Century-Fox back lot. The 53-year-old Grant was only 15 years younger than Nesbitt.
 
Second of three movies that paired Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant.
 
During filming, Cary Grant’s wife, Betsy Drake, had him visiting a hypnotist to help him quit smoking. She also packed him a hamper full of health food for his lunch, though he often finished it before starting filming because without cigarettes he was hungry all the time. Grant, who had started smoking in 1911, gave up his 60-a-day cigarette habit during filming, although he continued to smoke an occasional cigarette for several more years.
 
During filming cinematographer Milton R. Krasner pointed out to Cary Grant that a lump on his forehead was making it hard to film his close-ups. The lump was the result of a childhood accident, but Grant had been habitually rubbing it for years, leading it to swell. Doctors told him it would take four to six weeks for him to recover from its removal. Instead, he took a few days off, had his wife, Betsy Drake, hypnotize him, and had the procedure performed in the doctor’s office under a local anesthetic. He recovered within days with no scarring.
 
Ingrid Bergman was the first choice to play Terry McKay. Doris Day was also considered before Deborah Kerr was cast.
 
Deborah Kerr plays Terry McKay, previously played by Irene Dunne in "Love Affair" (1939), of which this film is a remake. Both were directed by Leo McCarey. The year before this film was made, 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). "The King and I" is a musical based on the same book.
 
In the "50th anniversary" DVD release, one of the bonus features is a Movietone News piece about the shipboard premiere of the movie aboard the S.S. Constitution, identified in the newsreel as the location for filming.
 
To help promote the film, Cary Grant did a product endorsement, something he had tried to avoid for years. In this case, however, he was being honest. The ad was for TWA, his airline of choice.
 
The movie’s working title was "Love Affair." This film is a remake of "Love Affair" (1939).
 
Harry Warren tried 25 melodies before he came up with a tune that would sound right as a piano piece.
 
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
 
In a rare move for a Hollywood film of the ’50s, the director was credited in the film’s title. The official title card reads "Leo McCarey’s An Affair to Remember".

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