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Fun-seeking heiress Carol Owen goes to Gilligan's flying school, where she is given her first airplane ride by pilot Jim Leonard. Intrigued by Jim's straightforward manner, Carol spends more time with him and learns that he is giving up his job to work on his invention, a plane motor that will greatly benefit the aviation industry. Jim's only other interest is his younger sister Linda Lee, whom he believes to be innocent and well-meaning. Linda Lee is actually a gold digger of easy virtue who is being kept in a fancy apartment by wealthy broker Bruce Hardy. Linda Lee's true love, however, is Georgie Keeler, a slick Broadway producer, to whom she gives any money she gets from Hardy. Hardy is also Carol's business manager and is in love with her. He has repeatedly asked her to marry him, but she always turns him down, telling him that she will marry only when she is no longer wealthy. Inspired by her growing love for Jim, Carol induces Hardy to invest in Jim's motor company. Jim soon reciprocates Carol's feelings and spends more time with her than at his work. Jim and Carol spend the night together, and the next morning, Jim proposes to her. Realizing that she is preventing him from fulfilling his ambitions, Carol refuses, and Jim then vows to become successful for her sake. Soon after, Hardy reveals to Carol that her father left her nothing and that she has been living off Hardy's money. Carol is devastated but is still determined to help Jim, and so agrees to marry Hardy for his money. Hardy gives Linda Lee a check for $10,000 and tells her that their relationship is over. Meanwhile, Jim reads a newspaper announcement of Carol and Hardy's engagement and bitterly refuses any more of Hardy's financing. Linda Lee, hoping to get more money from Hardy, tells Jim that the older man seduced her and abandoned her despite promises of marriage. Jim rushes to Hardy's home and there meets Carol, who has decided that she cannot marry Hardy and has come to tell him so. Misinterpreting the reason for Jim's visit, Carol believes that he is going to inform Hardy about their affair. She tells Hardy herself, and then Jim reveals the real reason he is there. Hardy shows Jim the check he gave to Linda Lee, which she has endorsed to Georgie, and, disillusioned by his sister's deceipt and Carol's brash words, Jim leaves. Carol is overwhelmed by this turn of events and goes to the flying school, where she intends to make her first and last solo flight. She leaves a suicide note for Gilligan, but as she is about to take off, Jim, who has realized that he does love her, arrives and saves her.
Love Affair (1932)
Humphrey Bogart was still a few years away from stardom when he made Love Affair. He had a few film credits to his name, but so far had found his experiences in Hollywood unsatisfying. Bogart had returned to his familiar stomping grounds of the New York stage in 1931 to star opposite Helen Hayes in the play After All when he received an offer from Columbia Pictures to make Love Affair. Bogart agreed to give Hollywood another go, and Columbia signed the actor to a six month contract.
While far from risqué for today's standards, Love Affair still contained elements that challenged the Hays Office and the Production Code. The Hays Office fought to have what they considered to be questionable scenes removed from the final film, including the strong insinuation that Jim and Carol spent the night together. In the end, however, the scenes stayed.
Love Affair offers a rare glimpse of a young Bogie playing against his later tough guy image. His portrayal of Jim Leonard is timid, soft spoken and romantic-a decidedly different Bogart for his fans to appreciate. Love Affair didn't make Bogart a star, but his solid performance helped him gain ground in Hollywood and got him noticed by other studios. Soon he was loaned out to Warner Bros. for his next film Big City Blues (1932). It would be at Warner Bros. where Bogart finally got the recognition he deserved four years later in The Petrified Forest (1936).
Director: Thornton Freeland
Screenplay: Jo Swerling; Ursula Parrott (story)
Cinematography: Ted Tetzlaff
Film Editing: Jack Dennis
Cast: Dorothy Mackaill (Carol Owen), Humphrey Bogart (Jim Leonard), Hale Hamilton (Bruce Hardy), Halliwell Hobbes (Kibbee), Astrid Allwyn (Linda Lee), Jack Kennedy (Gilligan), Bradley Page (Georgie Keeler), Barbara Leonard (Felice), Harold Minjir (Antone).
by Andrea Passafiume
Love Affair (1932)
According to the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the Hays Office strongly urged that shots of "Carol Owen" crying in the mirror the morning after she sleeps with "Jim Leonard" be eliminated from the film in order to avoid enforcing the fact that she indeed did sleep with Jim; the scene remained in the film, however. The Hays Office also was against the portrayal of "Georgie Keeler" as a "pimp" who urges "Linda Lee" to have a sexual affair with Hardy so that she can use "Bruce Hardy's" money to support Keeler's theatrical career, and insisted that Hardy propose to Linda Lee early in the film, thus making his payment of $10,000 to her at the end of the film part of a "breach of promise" settlement, instead of the efforts of a man to buy off his mistress.
Released in United States 1932
Released in United States 1932