Handsome playboy Nickie Ferrante (Cary Grant) and beautiful nightclub singer Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) have a romance while on a cruise from Europe to New York. Despite being engaged to other people, they both agree to reunite on the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building in six months. However, an unfortunate accident keeps Terry from the reunion, and Nickie fears that she has married or does not love him anymore.
Contributing to the success of the 1957 film is its theme song "Our Love Affair" composed by Harry Warren with lyrics by Leo McCarey and Harold Adamson. The song is sung by Vic Damone during the opening credits and then sung later by Deborah Kerr's character.
Our love affair is a wondrous thing
That we'll rejoice in remembering
Our love was born with our first embrace,
And a page was torn out of time and space.
Our love affair
May it always be
A flame to burn through eternity.
So take my hand
With a fervent prayer
That we may live
And we may share
A love affair to remember.
In the Riviera, where Nickie takes Terry to visit his grandma Janou (Cathleen Nesbitt), it's time to listen to the French version of the theme song, played on the piano by grandma Janou and sung by Terry.
Ce bel amour, qui ne peut mourir,
Sera pour nous un doux souvenir.
Promesse ardente du premier baiser,
Qui nous lie, tous deux, pour l'éternité.
D'un bel amour
Qui défiera les épreuves du temps;
Trouvons la joie,
Reste dans mes bras,
Que nous vivions
Un bel amour,
Affaire de cœur, qu'on n'oublie pas.
The film was directed by Leo McCarey and was a remake of McCarey's 1939 film "Love Affair", starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer.
A 1994 remake reverting to the original title of "Love Affair" was written and interpreted by Warren Beatty, featuring Annette Bening as the female protagonist, and also Katharine Hepburn in a small but pivotal role, which would prove to be her last screen appearance.
Yes, the inveterate romantic is back again…