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In the 1932 romantic drama Love Affair Humphrey Bogart plays Jim Leonard, a working class aircraft engineer who falls in love with Carol Owen (Dorothy Mackaill), an aggressive rich socialite with a daring streak. Jim hopes to strike it rich by going into business for himself, but money troubles and a love triangle with Carol's financial advisor stand in the way.

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 risqu 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

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