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Love in the Afternoon (1957)

AL | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 30 June 1957 (USA)
A middle-aged playboy becomes fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.

Director:

Billy Wilder

Writers:

Billy Wilder (screenplay), I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Frank Flannagan
Audrey Hepburn ... Ariane Chavasse / Thin Girl
Maurice Chevalier ... Claude Chavasse
John McGiver ... Monsieur X
Van Doude ... Michel
Lise Bourdin ... Madame X
Olga Valéry Olga Valéry ... Hotel Guest with Dog (as Olga Valery)
The Gypsies The Gypsies ... Themselves
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Storyline

In Paris, detective Claude Chavasse is hired to follow a wife suspected of infidelity with the notorious American libertine Frank Flannagan. When the husband learns that his suspicions are accurate, he tells Claude of his plan to kill Flannagan. Claude's daughter Ariane overhears the threat and warns Frank of the coming trouble. She then plays the part of a worldly socialite with a list of conquests as long as Flannagan's. The bemused ladies' man returns to America the next day and Ariane, completely in love, follows his romantic escapades in the news. She sees him again in Paris the following year, and resumes her worldly guise, telling tales of former lovers when they meet at his hotel in the afternoon. Frank, amazed by the mystery girl and surprised to find himself jealous of her past, hires Claude to uncover more information about her. When the detective realizes what has happened, he asks Frank not to break his daughter's heart. Written by filmfactsman

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ariane See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,100,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,000,000, 31 January 1960
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

All the narration in this film is spoken by Maurice Chevalier in the character of "Claude Chavasse". There is no narration spoken by Louis Jourdan, as has sometimes been reported, although Jourdan was the narrator (uncredited) of a later Billy Wilder film with a Parisian setting, "Irma La Douce". See more »

Goofs

While in a fit of outrage Monsieur X rips off the 'Do Not Disturb' sign off of the door knob. Leaving the suite he stoops and picks up the now complete sign and places it upon the door knob. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Claude Chavasse: [voiceover] This is the city - Paris, France. It is just like any other big city - London, New York, Tokyo - except for two little things. In Paris, people eat better. And in Paris, people make love - well, perhaps not better, but certainly more often. They do it any time, any place. On the left bank, on the right bank, and in between! They do it by day, and they do it by night. The butcher, the baker, and the friendly undertaker. They do it in motion, they do it sitting absolutely ...
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Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #8.19 (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude
(uncredited)
from "Tristan und Isolde"
Music by Richard Wagner
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One romantic movie I love
28 September 1999 | by gerry-russell-139See all my reviews

I am not a fan of romantic movies but there are a small handful that I love and by far the one I love most (of the less bigger scale types like "Gone With the Wind") is "Love in the Afternoon". I love the story, the camerawork and especially the lead players...Gary Cooper and Audrey Hepburn. I love these two so much that it's hard to put another great screen couple above them. They make the whole story come alive in their own way. Coop with his dry but lovable wit and charming good looks, and Audrey with her universal charm, wholesomeness and great beauty. I have read in the book "The Complete Films of Audrey Hepburn" that Cary Grant and Yul Brynner were the first two choices to play Coop's part. Thank God that neither were able to. Coop as the character of Frank Flannagan makes the film more romantic and his ever-popular sweet-guy, no-airs-of-any-kind persona makes the film less stuffy than it would with Grant or Brynner. Audrey of course is the perfect Ariane and they shine together in each other's arms. Call it a cliche but that comment fits this film perfectly. See it if you're in the mood for good, romantic farce.


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