Love Affair

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Overview

Based on a story by Ursula Parrott, this romantic drama from Columbia Pictures was one of Humphrey Bogart's first leading roles. Working-class pilot and mechanic Jim Leonard (Bogart) gives flying lessons to wealthy heiress Carol Owen (Dorothy Mackaill).They fall in love throughout the teaching process, but marriage seems impossible due to their differing social standings. Jim develops an airplane motor that could help him make some money, but he needs the upfront cash to finance it. Carol would be glad to help, ...
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Overview

Based on a story by Ursula Parrott, this romantic drama from Columbia Pictures was one of Humphrey Bogart's first leading roles. Working-class pilot and mechanic Jim Leonard (Bogart) gives flying lessons to wealthy heiress Carol Owen (Dorothy Mackaill).They fall in love throughout the teaching process, but marriage seems impossible due to their differing social standings. Jim develops an airplane motor that could help him make some money, but he needs the upfront cash to finance it. Carol would be glad to help, but it turns out that she really had no money after all. She finds out that her father died broke and she has been supported by her financial advisor, Bruce Hardy (Hale Hamilton), who also wants to marry her. The conclusion involves a daring rescue and stunt flying sequence. Running just over an hour long, Love Affair was originally distributed in 1932 as a double-bill feature.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Thornton Freeland's Love Affair is mostly of interest to modern audiences as an early starring role for Humphrey Bogart -- and he is good in the role of pilot and would-be engine and aircraft designer Jim Leonard; in a scene closer to what later audiences would expect from him, he does get to rough up a deserving low-life late in the picture. And director Freeland does a decent enough job of moving the action -- interlocking stories involving Leonard, his would-be girlfriend Carol Owen (Dorothy Mackaill), his sister Linda (Astrid Alwyn), and the wealthy middle-aged man (Hale Hamilton) in both women's lives -- along at a fairly lively pace. But the real value of Love Affair, beyond Bogart's presence, is as a period piece and a slice of pop-culture history. For starters, there's the Great Depression setting, the reality of which was still settling in on many of the idle rich. A key element of the story involves Jim's disapproval of Carol's "flaming youth" lifestyle -- her relentless partying with upper-class parasites and poseurs -- and her own inability to accept the end of that freewheeling life. Her resignation to that fate at the end, and her resulting decision makes for a quietly powerful penultimate scene, which give Mackaill a chance to seriously stretch her acting muscles; and to her credit, she does so more than adequately. For history buffs, the movie also captures a moment when New York City's outer boroughs were also relatively undeveloped. There was no "Beechhurst Airport," but there was a newly-opened Flushing Airport (then known as "Speed's Airport"), and the borough had several other small airfields in those days. The film also makes a fair depiction of travel between the boroughs before the opening of the Triborough Bridge and other modern conduits. In the end, the movie is a fair romantic drama with an edgy performance by Bogart, and some priceless background detail to savor by the right viewer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2013
  • UPC: 043396427174
  • Original Release: 1932
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  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,736

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dorothy Mackaill Carol Owen
Humphrey Bogart Jim Leonard
Jack Kennedy Gilligan
Barbara Leonard Felice
Astrid Allwyn Linda Lee
Halliwell Hobbes Kibbee
Bradley Page Georgie
Hale Hamilton Mr. Hardy
Harold Minjir Antone
Technical Credits
Thornton Freeland Director
Jack Dennis Editor
Dorothy Howell Screenwriter
Jo Swerling Screenwriter
Ted Tetzlaff Cinematographer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    not bad - would recommend

    An early Bogart film but I liked it because of Dorothy Mackaill being
    in it.

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