I was TV surfing and caught the last part of "An Affair to Remember" with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr (1957). I ran for my box of kleenex and watched the rest. A classic timeless plot of 2 people who meet on a cruise, fall in love and agree to meet in 6 months. (they are both engaged to others). The cruise ship they're on is the SS Constitution. I made 2 trips across the Atlantic in that ship in the early '50's. But not with Cary Grant. Dang!!!
Everyone knows the movie story but I snapped a few photos from the TV (not so good).
Below, C. Grant is picking up the shawl that his deceased Grandmother wanted Deborah to have.
After the 6 months, he's waiting for her as she's rushing in traffic to meet him but she is hit by a car, taken to the hospital and didn't make their rendezvous. She can't walk and is too proud to let him see her in a wheel chair. Since she was a singer, she gets a job teaching music in a school. Below, she's directing a kids choir. (I'm pulling out tissues)
She goes to a concert with the man she was engaged to. They are now just friends. C. Grant is also there with his ex-fiancee, also just friends. They see each other and assume they are both married. (I'm frantically pulling kleenex out of the box now).
C. Grant discovered where she lives and suspects something so he pays her a visit after the concert. She's on the sofa and her wheel chair is out of sight. After some hurt feelings conversation, he opens the door where her chair is and he knows. Picture below, they are telling each other they weren't at the rendezvous meeting so they could save face.
They embrace and kiss. (More tissues, more tissues). OMG it's so sensual !!!!
They are both crying. Hell, I'm crying. She wipes his tears. I have to wipe my own.
The end, the unreal ending. If that were today, he'd probably dump her anyway but it's such a beautiful fantasy. It's the way all little girls want their life to be. That ever-lasting love. Today the movies are into realism. "Sleepless in Seattle" is the closest fairly modern movie I've seen that comes close to a true forever love.
OK, gals, let's wipe eyes and blow noses and get back to reality. C. Grant..... what a hunk. Was he gay? They used to keep that information hidden.
He was married several times but I don't think it ever said in his biography. But I love that man !!!!!