An Affair to Remember

  • Directors: Leo McCarey
  • Producers: Leo McCarey, Jerry Wald
  • Writers: Leo McCarey, Mildred Cram
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning

Nickie Ferrante (Grant), a well-known playboy and dilettante in the arts, meets Terry McKay (Kerr) aboard the SS Constitution. After a series of chance meetings they establish a friendship and gradually fall in love despite each being engaged to someone else. After a brief visit to Ferrante’s grandmother at her villa, followed by a return trip to New York, and much troubled with guilt about their liaison, they agree to reunite at the top of the Empire State Building in six months’ time if they have succeeded in ending their relationships and starting new careers.

On the day of their rendezvous, Terry, in her haste to reach the Empire State Building, is struck down by a car. Gravely injured, she is rushed to the hospital. Meanwhile Nickie, waiting for her at the top, is unaware of the accident and, after many hours, finally concedes at midnight that she will not arrive, believing she has rejected him.

After the accident, the wheelchair-bound Terry refuses to contact Nickie, wanting to conceal her disability. Instead she finds work as a music teacher. A year after the accident, she sees Nickie with his former fiancée at the ballet, which she herself is attending with her former boyfriend. Nickie does not notice her condition because she is seated and only says hello as he passes her.

In the final scene, the pair reconcile, and all is revealed about the fateful day they were supposed to meet.

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