Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Affectionately Yours(1941). Cast: Rita Hayworth, Merle Oberon and Dennis Morgan. Also featured were the Hattie McDaniel and Butterfly McQueen.
Foreign correspondent Rickey Mayberry, is running all over Europe with other women,while his wife Sue, is alone in New York. Rickey soon learns that Sue has divorced him. It is then that he realizes he cannot live without her. He rushes home to win her back. His new flame Irene has plans of her own.
Rickey returns to New York to find Sue is engaged to Owen Wright. Sue did not like separation caused by Rickey's work. So, he figures the only way to make her happy is to quit his job. But his editor, Chester Phillips, does not want to lose his best reporter and Irene also does not want to lose Rickey. The two join forces to keep the Mayberry's apart and they come up with a plan to have a photo of Irene and Rickey together for ammunition.
Irene pretends to be on Rickey's side and offers to help him with Sue. He tells Sue that Irene is a girl from a dating service. Sue invites them to go out to dinner with she and Owen. The plan is ruined when Irene "accidentally" lets the incriminating photo be seen. Sue realizes they already know each other and decides to marry Owen the following day.
Irene and Phillips try and keep him from the ceremony. They invite him to Irene's apartment, where four thugs keep him trapped until morning. Will Rickey escape in time for the ceremony?
I thought this was a very cute movie. It's also always fun to watch Hattie McDaniel and Butterfly McQueen perform.
She worked as a club hostess under the name Queenie O'Brien and played in minor and unbilled roles in various films.
Her film career received a major boost when the director Alexander Korda gave her a role, under the name Merle Oberon in the film, The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933). She was then given leading roles in the film, The Scarlet Pimpernel(1934), with Leslie Howard, who was her lover at the time.
Oberon's had a successful career, partly as a result of her relationship with and later marriage to Alexander Korda. He sold "shares" of her contract to producer Samuel Goldwyn, who gave her roles in Hollywood. Oberon earned her sole Academy Award for Best Actress nomination for, The Dark Angel (1935). Around this time she had a serious romance with David Niven.
She was selected to perform in Korda's film, I, Claudius (1937), but a serious car accident resulted in filming being cancelled. Oberon was scarred for life, but skilled lighting technicians were able to hide her injuries. She went on to perform in her most famous film, Wuthering Heights(1939), A Song to Remember(1945) and in the film, Désirée(1954).
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