The Unhappy Valentines Day Blogathon – An Affair to Remember (1957)


This is the second of 3 posts dedicated to The Unhappy Valentine’s Blogathon being held over at Pure Entertainment Preservation Society

Tnx Tiffany and Rebekah for letting me take part!

“The Empire State Building is the closest thing to heaven in this city.” – Terry McKay

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Feb 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After meeting on an ocean cruise, despite being in other relationships, a couple make a pact with one another that if they are both single in 6 months, they will meet atop the Empire State Building.

My Take on it – As with anyone who has seen Sleepless in Seattle (1993) knows, this film heavily influences that movie along with the two versions of Love Affair (1939) and Love Affair (1994).

Having known the plot and story of this film from those movies I had little urge to seek it out, but after 27 years, finally decided to give it a try due to it fitting in with this blogathon’s theme so well.

Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr are perfect together and we can easily see that they have strong chemistry with one another despite their age differences.

The dialogue is great and leaves the viewer with so much to ponder afterwards because it has some very profound themes.

The story plays out at a great pace and allows us to see how their relationship develops so well on the cruise.

The first half of the film is much stronger than the second part even though, most people will say that the second half is what makes things so much more emotional when showing the true love that these characters have for one another.

The musical aspects of the film seem slightly out of place and this movie might have been even tighter and more powerful without those parts.

After having seen this, I must admit that the theory that Victor Garber and Tom Hanks bring forth in Sleepless in Seattle (1993) was right, The Dirty Dozen (1967) is much more emotional in it’s climax than this film was to me, despite it still being a powerful love story.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The 53-year-old Cary Grant was only 15 years younger than Cathleen Nesbitt, who played his grandmother. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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2 thoughts on “The Unhappy Valentines Day Blogathon – An Affair to Remember (1957)

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