An Affair to Remember (1957)

cary grant and deborah kerr
Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant

'An Affair to Remember' is a romantic movie melodrama made in 1957, directed by Leo McCarey and starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. It has been described as one of the most romantic movies of all time and it is ranked at number 5 on the American Fim Institute's list of Greatest Love Stories.

The movie was a remake, almost on a scene to scene basis, of McCarey's film 'Love Affair', which he made in 1939, starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer.

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The plot is a pleasingly simple one, albeit contrived: Cary Grant as playboy Nickie Ferrante and Deborah Kerr as Terry McKay, a singer, meet during an ocean voyage and fall in love, although each is already engaged to be married. To test the depth of their commitment to each other they arrange to meet again in six months' time at the top of the Empire State Building.

On the appointed day Terri is struck by a car on her way to the Empire State Building. She is badly injured and is taken to hospital and Nicki, waiting for her at the top believes he has been stood up. The complications that ensue from this and the final emotion-jangling scene when they are reunited, make 'An Affair to Remember' very much a movie to remember.

Main Cast

Cary Grant ... Nickie Ferrante
Deborah Kerr ... Terry McKay
Richard Denning ... Kenneth Bradley
Neva Patterson ... Lois Clark
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Grandmother Janou
Robert Q. Lewis ... Himself ... Announcer
Charles Watts ... Ned Hathaway
Fortunio Bonanova ... Courbet


Director ... Leo McCarey
Producer ... Jerry Wald
Production Company ... Jerry Wald Productions
Writers ... Delmer Daves (screenplay), Leo McCarey (screenplay)
Music ... Hugo Friedhofer
Cinematographer ... Milton R. Krasner
Release Date ... 11 July 1957
Running time ... 96 minutes

Academy Awards

No Wins:
4 Unsuccessful Nominations:
Best Cinematography ... Milton R. Krasner
Best Costume Design ... Charles Le Maire
Best Music (Score) ... Hugo Friedhofer
Best Music (Original Song) ... Harry Warren - for the song "An Affair to Remember"