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Love in the Afternoon

Love in the Afternoon

Gary Cooper
Director: Billy Wilder Cast: Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
, Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
, Maurice Chevalier
Maurice Chevalier
Billy Wilder


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Gary Cooper more or less repeats his international-roue characterization from 1938's Bluebeard's Eighth Wife for the 1957 romantic comedy Love in the Afternoon (both films were co-scripted by Billy Wilder, who also directed the latter picture). Audrey Hepburn co-stars as the daughter of Parisian private eye Maurice Chevalier. Investigating the amorous activities of Cooper, Chevalier relates what he's discovered to cuckolded husband John McGiver, who declares that he's going after Cooper with a pistol. Overhearing this conversation, Hepburn rushes off to rescue Cooper. She keeps him far away from McGiver by adopting a "woman of the world" pose. Cooper quickly sees through this charade; still, she is fascinated by Hepburn and attempts to relocate her after she disappears. Meeting Chevalier one day, Cooper relates the story of the Mystery Woman, never dreaming that he is describing Chevalier's daughter. Equally in the dark, Chevalier offers to locate the elusive Hepburn. Once he's tumbled to the fact that his quarry is his own flesh and blood, Chevalier advises Hepburn against contemplating a relationship with the much-older Cooper. She, of course, fails to heed this warning, setting the stage for an ultraromantic finale. Love in the Afternoon is highlighted by a superb running gag involving a quartet of gypsy violinists, who insist upon dogging Cooper's trail wherever he goes-including a steam bath. Love in the Afternoon was adapted by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond from the novel Ariane by Claude Anet.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2014
UPC: 0888574100025
Original Release: 1957
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 2:10:00
Sales rank: 7,915

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Frank Flannagan
Audrey Hepburn Ariane Chavasse
Maurice Chevalier Claude Chavasse
John McGiver Monsieur X
Van Doude Michel
Lisa Bourdin Mme. X
Paul Bonifas Commissioner of Police
Charles Bouillaud Valet at the Ritz
Guy Delorme Gigolo
Filo Flannagan's Chauffeur
Eve Marley Actor
Moustache Butcher
Minerva Pious Maid at the Ritz
Betty Schneider Actor
Valerie Croft Swedish Twin
Gregoire Gromoff Doorman at the Ritz
Christian Lude Actor
Charles Lemontier Actor
Jacques Ary Lover on Right Bank
Leila Croft Swedish Twin
Bernard Musson Undertaker
Marcelle Praince Rich Woman
Alexandre Trauner Artist
Olga Valery Lady Hotel Guest
Audrey Wilder Brunette

Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Leonide Azar Editor
Hubert de Givenchy Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean DeBretagne Sound/Sound Designer
I.A.L. Diamond Screenwriter
Paul Feyder Asst. Director
Doane Harrison Associate Producer
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Alexandre Trauner Production Designer
Franz Waxman Score Composer

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