gif: an affair to remember

Don’t ever kiss Cary Grant. He tickles! During many of poignant love scenes in An Affair To Remember I had a terrible time keeping a straight face. Cary was supposed to hold me tenderly but each time he put his strong arms around me, he would give me a little tickle under the ribs. This would start me giggling like a school girl, but Cary kept it up until I was almost exhausted. We were the despair of the director and the cameraman.

Each time I’d screw up my face and take a deep breath because that would prevent me from laughing. Somehow we managed to get through all but the final love scene. Director Leo McCarey said, “Now in this one, Deborah, I want you to show all the tenderness you feel for this man. Okay,” he said to the crew, “roll ‘em”. I held my breath, but I could feel Cary put his arms around me tighter and then, in pure mischief, he started to slide his hand toward my ribs. Very slowly. I knew the tickle was coming. But when! It was a torture! But I held on so hard, that the tears came to my eyes. Finally, the director said, “Cut!” then he turned to me and said, “Deborah, that was wonderful.”

But I was so exasperated with my leading man that I didn’t realize I had just been paid a compliment. Instead, in a high shrill voice I said: “For heavens sakes, Cary, will you tickle me and get it over with?”

- Deborah Kerr

A belated happy birthday to the wonderful, versatile actress - Deborah Kerr!
An Affair to Remember

Chloe Beale remembers the exact moment her boyfriend proposed to her. She had just told Tom she was going to stay in Atlanta for her medical internship, even though he already had plans to go to New York.

“Then marry me, Chloe Beale,” Tom had said, kneeling down without an actual ring.


“Marry me. If we’re going to be apart then you can at least promise me that when you can get transferred from Atlanta you will, and you’ll come to New York and marry me.”

“Oh, Tom, are you sure? We’ll be so far away for a whole year, maybe more,” Chloe had said.

“Chloe. I am more sure that I want you in my life than I am about anything else. Please, Chloe. Marry me,” he pled, holding her hands.

“Okay,” Chloe said, no sense of excited feeling at all in her.

Chloe had been with the man since her freshman year in college, although when she decided to complete her intern year at an Atlanta based hospital Tom decided to go to New York, where he’d always wanted to go.

Now she was standing at the Empire State Building, about three months before she was going to transfer to a New York hospital and plan a wedding with Tom, watching the beautiful night sky and city lights.

She was only visiting Tom for the week, except it was her first day and she learned Tom accidentally scheduled a work trip for the entire duration, leaving her to stay at his place alone, knowing no one and nothing in the city.

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