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  • 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.
  • A Bollywood film with the title Mann (1999) starring Aamir Khan and Manisha Koirala was inspired by this movie.
  • References to this movie in Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle (1993), revitalized interest in the film, and led to 2 million additional sales of the 1957 classic on VHS.
  • Ingrid Bergman was the first choice to play Terry McKay. Doris Day was also considered before Deborah Kerr was cast.
  • Deborah Kerr's singing was dubbed by Marni Nixon, who also dubbed her in The King and I (1956) the previous year.
  • 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.
  • Second of three movies that paired Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • As with many of his films, Leo McCarey allowed his stars to improvise on camera and included many of their lines in the final film.
  • 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.
  • Harry Warren tried 25 melodies before he came up with a tune that would sound right as a piano piece.
  • 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".
  • 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 working title was Love Affair. This film is a remake of Love Affair (1939).
  • Cary 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.
  • The 53-year-old Cary Grant was only 15 years younger than Cathleen Nesbitt, who played his grandmother.
  • Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
  • The television show, "House to House" hosted by Robert Q. Lewis is an obvious parody of Person to Person (1953) hosted by Edward R. Murrow. The popular show aired from 1953 to 1961 and was at the height of its run when An Affair to Remember was released.
  • Shortly after arriving in Villefranche, as they are traveling up a hill, seen in the background the USS Des Moines, CA-134, the flagship for the Commander of the Sixth Fleet of the U.S. Navy, which was home ported in Villefranche. Villefranche was the home port for COMSIXTHFLT from 1948 until 1967, when President De Gaulle removed all NATO troops from France.
  • The movie is the first of two remakes of Love Affair (1939), starring Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne. Leo McCarey directed both the original and the remake. Cary Grant, the star of this film, co-starred with Irene Dunne in The Awful Truth (1937), which was also directed by McCarey. The second remake was Love Affair (1994), which featured a cameo by Katharine Hepburn as the grandmother. Cary Grant co-starred with Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby (1938), Holiday (1938), and The Philadelphia Story (1940).
  • Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
  • When Nickie and Terry first meet, she says: "I might as well confess to you I am a jewel thief." Cary Grant played a reformed jewel thief in To Catch a Thief (1955).
  • During the carriage ride, Nickie quips: "isn't it beautiful down there?" Terry replies: "Do you want to hear an old joke? If it's so beautiful down there..." They trail off together. Cary Grant had a similar exchange in Crisis with his movie wife while they were on the train.
  • Film debut of Tom Wyner


  • Nickie and Terry make their conditional promise to meet in six months at exactly the halfway point of the film (59-1/2 minutes into the 119-minute movie).
  • Was voted the #5 greatest romance of all time by the American Film Institute. This is the highest voted film in which the two lovers end up together in the end.
  • After the confrontation with the photographer on the ship's deck, Deborah Kerr turns to Cary Grant and says, "So, I go my way [traces a straight path by her hand] and you go yours [traces a twisty path with the wave of her hand]." The same exchange takes place between Irene Dunne and Cary Grant in The Awful Truth (1937), where she says, "As we go down the life's highway, you go in your way [traces a twisty path with the wave of her hand] and I go in my way [traces a straight path]."
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