On New Year's Eve, Geraldine ('Jerry') Trent decides to break up with her boyfriend Jim Woodward, having finally grown tired of his dishonesty and his infidelities. Soon afterward, Geraldine meets and falls in love with novelist Anthony Blake. Blake knows that she has had a man in her past, but he is content as long as he never finds out who it was. All seems well until her sister Joan returns from a trip, and happily introduces Woodward as the new man in her life. Written by
Indiscreet is a delightful surprise. One of only six films Swanson made in the 1930's this is a refreshingly sexy and sophisticated comedy about relationships. Swanson positively glows as a wealthy young woman betrayed by the sleazy Monroe Owsley and loved by the effervescent Ben Lyon. Maude Eburne gives strong comic support, and Arthur Lake is hilarious as a simple country boy. But it is Swanson all the way - she looks fabulous and acts even better. The scene where she feigns madness is as good an audition for "Hamlet" as I've ever seen. And she even sings - and very well!
This is a great fore-taste of the wonderful sophisticated but slightly anarchic comedies Leo McCarey would later make like "The Awful Truth" and "Ruggles Of Red Gap" - and with Swanson exuding sex and wit this film is a real winner.
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