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An Affair to Remember (1957)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1957

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119 min – view video trailer

Director: Leo McCarey
Starring: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr

Genres: Drama, Romance

IMDB 7.4 / Amazon 4.5 / Tomatometer 65% / MRQE 70%

Oscars: Nominated for 4 Won 0

A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building – but will it happen? IMDB 7.4 from over 15,533 users

In this poignant and humorous love story nominated for four Academy Awards, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr meet on an ocean liner and fall deeply in love. Though each is engaged to someone else, they agree to meet six months later at the Empire State Building if they still feel the same way about each other. But a tragic accident prevents their rendezvous and the lover’s future takes an emotional and uncertain turn. Amazon 4.5 stars from over 289 users

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.  Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 65% Audience 87%

MRQE 70% from 49 reviews

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The Awful Truth (1937)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1937

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91 min – view video trailer

Director: Leo McCarey
Starring: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy

Genres: Comedy, Romance

IMDB 7.9 / Amazon 4.2 / Tomatometer 91%

Oscars: nominated for 6, won 1 (Best Director)

Included in the New York Times Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made, 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, and Time Magazine-All-TIME 100 Movies

Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other’s attempts to find new romance. IMDB 7.9 rating from over 8,982 users

One of the top five screwball comedies of the ’30s, this helped to cement a genre that waxed golden until the end of WWII. Amazon 4.2 stars from over 83 users

Grant is sharp and shrewd, manipulating the situation to get his wife back while ostensibly professing that he doesn’t deserve her, that Bellamy will do much better by her, etc., though in fact he’s out to make Bellamy look ridiculous. By the film’s end, Bellamy, disillusioned with the heroine, goes home with his mother, leaving Grant with the girl. Decent Films C+

Leo McCarey directed this classic screwball comedy in which Cary Grant and Irene Dunne play Jerry and Lucy Warriner, a couple whose marriage is starting to fall apart. Jerry informs Lucy that he’s taking a vacation alone in Florida; instead, he holes up with his buddies and plays poker for a week (while sitting under a sun lamp so he’ll have an appropriate tan).  Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 91% Audience 86%

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