Once Upon a Honeymoon

During the time of WWII may American reporters were deputed in Europe to narrate the war. This is a story of an American radio reporter Pat ‘O’ Toole played by Cary Grant, his various adventures across Europe while covering the war. American burlesque Katie ‘O’ Hara marries an Austrian millionaire Baron Von Luber for her social climbing. Pat sees this marriage as an opportunity to expose the alleged suspected ties of Baron with the Nazis.

Pat is after a story as he follows Katie and Baron on their honeymoon across many countries of Europe. One can see country after country falling under Nazi regime penned by Baron’s involvement.
Pat falls in love with Katie. Upon realising her husband’s role with Nazis, she escapes from the Baron by faking her death. When Nazi regime had strengthened their hold in Europe, Katie, owing to her patriotic obligations decides to don the role of a spy and goes back to Baron.


The final scene exposes the foolishness of Baron and the Nazi regime when Pat upon agreement with Baron delivers a radio speech to public quite contrary to what was agreed upon.

This movie represents the typical Cary Grant, playing his comic – serious, eligible bachelor roles at that time. Pretty looking Ginger Rogers does justice to her role with her range of facial expressions and demonstrates her acting skills.

Look out for the comic timing of most actors as this film turned out to be just an entertainer. Keeping the mood of early 1940’s in America, it turns out to be another way of looking at WWII from an American perspective.
Released in 1942, Leo McCarey directs this comical adventure which was nominated for Best Oscar for sound recording.

An Affair To Remember

What happens when a handsome playboy meets the gorgeous night club singer on a cruise. The first part of this Leo MaCarey’s classic ‘An Affair to Remember’ showcases the above scenario. Cary Grant as Nickie Ferrante plays the playboy and Debroah Kerr plays the dashing Terry Mckay.

Despite both being engaged, they couldnt help themselves falling in love with each other on the ship and make a promise to meet after six months at The Empire State Building.
With engagements being on hold, both wait for six months to see each other on the 102nd floor of the building. A perfect story in progress until Debroah Kerr meets with an accident right on the day of the visit. Cary Grant ambling to and fro on the 102nd floor can only console himself. He waits the entire day…. and wonders why till the end of the movie.
The discussion was whether they would get married would remain unanswered and accident becomes the reason that prevents the reunion of the couple.
The story was quite a drama back then, not the same when it was made in Hindi in 1999. One can copy the theme, not the entire storyline and scene settings. ‘Mann’ starring Aamir Khan and Manisha Koirala failed, because, it wasnt able to connect to the so called “modren-time” and the content not convincing. Times change, hence certain perceptions on love change. Unfortunately, Mann wasnt able to accomadate this change.


The highlights are the scenes shot in a garden mansion where Cary Grant takes Debroah Kerr to meet her grandmother. Their love blossomed at the very place. The last scene is a memorable one, when Cary Grants holds Debroah Kerr.



This movie is a remake of the 1939 movie ‘Love Affair’ starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer. Both directed by Leo MaCarey.

Released in 1957, An Affair to Remember was nominated for four Oscars in the Best Music, Best Costume, Best Song and Best Cinematography categories.