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The working title of this picture was Love Affair. The film's title card reads "Leo McCarey's An Affair to Remember." According to the Variety review, some scenes were filmed aboard the U.S.S. Constitution. An Affair to Remember was nominated for the following Academy Awards: Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Musical Score; the title song was nominated for Best Song.
An Affair to Remember is a remake of the 1939 RKO picture Love Affair, starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer. McCarey directed, produced and co-wrote the earlier film with Mildred Cram and Delmer Daves. According to a February 1957 Variety news item, the title to the later film was changed when Twentieth Century-Fox discovered that Columbia owned the rights to the name Love Affair. Blacklisted writer Donald Ogden Stewart, whose credits were omitted from An Affair to Remember, also contributed to writing the screenplay of the 1939 version (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40). In the 1993 Tri Star Pictures film Sleepless in Seattle, portions of An Affair to Remember were included as the character played by Meg Ryan watched and was inspired in her own romantic endeavors. In 1994, Mulholland Productions produced another version titled Love Affair, starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening and directed by Glenn Gordon Caron.