Love in the Afternoon
Director: Billy Wilder
Writers: I.A.L. Diamond, Billy Wilder, Claude Anet (novel "Ariane")
Cast: Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier, Van Doude, John McGiver, Lise Bourdin, Bonifas
Photography by: William C. Mellor
Music by: F.D. Marchetti, Franz Waxman
Runtime: 130 min.
About: Director Billy Wilder salutes his idol, Ernst Lubitsch, with this comedy about a middle-aged playboy fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.
¤ Cary Grant was offered the part of Frank Flannigan but turned it down because of the age difference between him and Audrey (later they played together in "Charade").
¤ Yul Brynner was also considered for the lead role, which was going to be a more exotic character.
¤ The original ending of the film just showed the two lovers departing together on a train, which threatened to land the film on the Catholic Legion of Decency's "Condemned List". As a result, Chevalier was called back to do the voice-over heard at the close of the film, in which he reports that the couple are "now married and serving a life sentence in New York City".
¤ To dispel any impression that Hepburn and Cooper actually have sex in their many afternoon meetings in his hotel room, a line was dubbed into the release print. When his back is turned to the camera in Chevalier's office, Cooper is heard to say, "I can't get to first base with her".
¤ Audrey filmed this back-to-back with "Funny Face".
¤ Cooper was twenty eight years older than Audrey, during production of the movie. Wilder's solution to the age difference was to frequently keep Cooper in the shadows, with the result that few of the movie's stills highlight Cooper, while Audrey positively glows in the prime of her youthful beauty.
Golden Globes: nominations: Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy, Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy, Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy (Audrey Hepburn).
Laurel Awards: Top Female Comedy Performance (Audrey Hepburn), Top Comedy
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