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Indiscreet (1931)

Passed  -  Drama | Musical | Romance  -  16 May 1931 (USA)
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A young woman jeopardizes the relationship with the man she loves when a no-account from her past shows up.



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Complete credited cast:
Ben Lyon ...
Monroe Owsley ...
Barbara Kent ...
Arthur Lake ...
Buster Collins
Maude Eburne ...
Aunt Kate
Henry Kolker ...
Mr. Woodward
Mrs. Woodward


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 Snow Leopard

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Through one indiscretion--a woman with a future became a woman with a past


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Release Date:

16 May 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Careless Heart  »

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Contains an early audio jump cut: Gerry Trent in New York says, "Four-fifteen here. Let's see. Over there it must be ...", which cuts to Jim Woodward aboard ship, saying, "Nine-fifteen - we're away on time." See more »


Jim Woodward: I'm really serious. I really mean it this time, Gerry!
Geraldine Trent: Mean what?
Jim Woodward: Well, marriage...and...and...all that.
Geraldine Trent: No; I'm afraid there's be, uh, too little marriage and too much "all that."
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Gloria Swanson (1961) See more »


If You Haven't Got Love
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
Performed by Gloria Swanson
Played during the opening credits and as background music
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Wharton plot rip off- pretty dull stuff, although Swanson marvelous
12 November 2001 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

No matter what drek they put Swanson into in the talkie era (eleven films and all mediocre except for SUNSET BOULEVARD and TONIGHT OR NEVER) she tackles the material as a true professional, thoroughly believable and believing IN the roles she is asked to portray. This is a plot ripoff of Edith Wharton's exceptional novel, THE MOTHER'S RECOMPENSE, but it's played for laughs rather than tears. A mother with a past tries to prevent her daughter from unknowingly marrying the heel she recently dumped while trying to prevent her current amour from learning that she has a past. For a novelist, Lyon's character is written rather naively, expecting a woman such as Swanson to be virgin pure, so he never really rings true. Swanson is marvelous, again showing her expert comic timing, especially in a dinner scene where she feigns madness with razor sharp delivery and mood swings, and emoting properly in the few dramatic scenes. She even sings two songs (yes, that's her real voice - she could do anything), although they are far from memorable. She was a powerhouse talent - she was a great comedienne, a great dramatic actress, a singer - and Hollywood didn't know what to do with her after sound arrived. A shame!

The McCarey direction is slow and sluggish, nothing like his later sophistication and warmth. A curio at best and only for Swanson fans.

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