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The Senator Was Indiscreet (1947)

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A bumbling, long-winded and crooked Southern senator, considered by some as a dark horse for the Presidency, panics his party when his tell-all diary is stolen.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Senator Melvin G. Ashton
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Peter Lind Hayes ...
Lew Gibson
Arleen Whelan ...
Valerie Shepherd
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Fred Houlihan
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Farrell
Charles D. Brown ...
Dinty
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Waiter
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Oakes
Milton Parsons ...
Joe aka 'You Know Who'
Francis Pierlot ...
Frank
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Indian
Chief Thundercloud ...
Indian (as Chief Thunder Cloud)
Chief Yowlachie ...
Indian
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Indian
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Storyline

Dim-witted blowhard, Melvin G. Ashton, is a US Senator who wants to be President. He hires Lew Gibson, a talented PR man who gets Ashton in newsreels and on the front page, never thinking he'll win. But Ashton has a secret weapon: a diary documenting every shady deal his party's made for 35 years. With the diary, he blackmails the party leaders to support his candidacy, and he's on his way to the nomination. An unseen political enemy is after the diary, using the young and lovely Valerie Shepherd to get into the Senator's room. Plus, Lew's fiancée, reporter Poppy McNaughton thinks she can get her hands on it, too, and stop Ashton. Will the otherwise unemployable dope become President? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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10 December 1948 (Sweden)  »

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Trivia

This was the only film directed by playwright and stage director George S. Kaufman. Kaufman directed the film in the same manner that he directed in the theater by closing his eyes and listening only to the actors speaking the dialogue, with no regard to how the scene looked. Since Kaufman knew nothing about the technical aspects of filmmaking, associate producer Gene Fowler Jr. looked after those issues, with Kaufman allowing Fowler to cut a take at his discretion if there was a technical problem. See more »

Quotes

Lew Gibson: [to Poppy] You can't go around quoting politicians correctly! That's dirty journalism and you know it!
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Crazy Credits

Dedication: To every politician who has ever jeopardized a baby's health with unsanitary kisses, who has ever delivered a three hour Fourth of July oration about himself and George Washington, who has ever promised peace, prosperity and triple movie features in exchange for a vote, this picture is not too humbly dedicated. See more »

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A Film Fan Divided by a Common Language
21 April 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Oscar Wilde in The Canterville Ghost, 1887 wrote "We really have everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language".This quote is often attributed instead to George Bernard Shaw and misquoted as "England & America two countries divided by a common language".I will paraphrase the misquote by commenting on this film as a "two countries divided by a sense of humour".I noticed that all the IMDb.com user comments before mine were apparently penned by American resident users and I being British do not share the same humour as our transatlantic cousins through custom and upbringing.

Why you may ask did I watch this movie in the first place, especially when I have always found William Powell so witless and unfunny in his films?Well I am a great fan of the wonderful Ella Raines, for example read my separate critique of her in "The Web" (1947).One of the user comments on IMDb.com for the latter film put me on notice of the subject film which fortunately was on www.youtube.com in its entirety.So I sat through this screenplay merely to see the lovely Ella again and she comes over as a "smart cookie" (if I can use that American expression).

Obviously I did not care for the film as being produced wholly for the American market and sense of humour however as the other users seem to be American residents I was generous and awarded it 5/10 if only to have another chance to gawp at the lovely Ella again.


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