Joe just returned from a trip to Europe and sailed both ways and so he is rife with stories about Atlantic crossings. And naturally he’s been babbling on about movies which were filmed on, or at least set on, Ocean Liners.

Arguably the most famous of such films are Leo McCarey’s Love Affair and its remake, An Affair to Remember. This is one case where the original AND the remake can both be considered classic movies.

That’s Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr pictured above in the 1957 remake and it was shot aboard the then famous ocean liner, the U.S.S. Constitution. The United States had decided to enter the field of transatlantic travel after World War II and had commissioned sister ships, the Constitution and the U. S. S. Independence.

They rivaled Britain’s Queens (The Elizabeth and Mary) which had been taken out of service during the war and used as troop ships, but were back in use for transatlantic travel by the late 40s.  The French had The S.S. France, which, of course, had the best restaurant, not just at sea, but ANYWHERE, according a New York Times food critic.

But the Constitution had stars!

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz used the ship for an I Love Lucy episode. A lot of people remember that Lucy (naturally) missed the boat and had to be helicoptered aboard to join Ricky, Ethel and Fred.

But An Affair to Remember highlighted the glamour and beauty of the ship and what an ocean crossing “might” provide — Romance. The movie has held up well. If you haven’t seen it, or Love Affair with Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer (seen below), rent them. The films have the exact same script, only one was shot on an RKO sound stage, the other on the high seas.


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