AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957) C widescreen 115m dir: Leo McCarey
w/Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Cathleen Nesbit, Richard Denning, Neva Patterson, Robert Q. Lewis
Romantic affair about a shipboard encounter that weathers some heartaches and finally leads to true love. As the lovers, who agree to rendezvous in six months time but are separated by fate, Grant and Kerr make a captivating duo in this three-hanky soaper. There have been three versions of this story (including the 1994 Warren Beatty-Annette Bening starrer); this 1957 remake is by far the best of them.
From Variety 's review of the film: "Adding comedy lines, music, color and CinemaScope, [producer] Jerry Wald and Leo McCarey turn this remake of the 1939 Love Affair [which McCarey also directed] into a winning film that is alternately funny and tenderly sentimental. An Affair to Remember , using plenty of attractive settings (on and off the USS Constitution ), is still primarily a film about two people; and since those two happen to be Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr the bitter-sweet romance sparkles and crackles with high spirits. ...
"McCarey, who with Delmer Daves wrote the screenplay, has done a fine job, and has gotten the most out of his players' talents. Both are experts in restrained, sophisticated comedy. Both are able to get a laugh by waving a hand or raising an eyebrow. The Grant-Kerr romance is never maudlin, not even at the end."
The film was nominated for several Oscars, including Best Song (the title tune).