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Indiscreet (1931)

A young woman jeopardizes the relationship with the man she loves when a no-account from her past shows up.

Director:

Leo McCarey

Writers:

Buddy G. DeSylva (story "Obey That Impulse"), Lew Brown (story "Obey That Impulse") | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gloria Swanson ... Geraldine 'Gerry' Trent
Ben Lyon ... Tony Blake
Monroe Owsley ... Jim Woodward
Barbara Kent ... Joan Trent
Arthur Lake ... Buster Collins
Maude Eburne ... Aunt Kate
Henry Kolker ... Mr. Woodward
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Woodward
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Careless Heart See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »

Quotes

Geraldine Trent: It might work if you married all of us, the chorus girl, the widow...
Jim Woodward: Who told you?
Geraldine Trent: Oh, it's a secret, nobody knows but me, and The Associated Press
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Gloria Swanson (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Come to Me
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Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
Performed by Gloria Swanson
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30 September 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Gloria Swanson (as Gerry Trent) breaks it off with caddish Monroe Owsley (as Jim Woodward) in order to take up with novelist Ben Lyon (as Tony Blake). Later, Ms. Swanson's younger sister Barbara Kent (as Joan Trent) arrives - with the lover Swanson rejected! Swanson would rather little sister stick with boyish Arthur Lake (as Buster Collins); later, Mr. Lake will play Blondie's Dagwood Bumbstead. Star Swanson sings a couple of songs, and has an obligatory undressing / bathing scene.

Considering the strong personnel involved, this is a remarkably unsatisfactory film, even for an early "talkie". The "modern sophisticated comic" approach falls very flat (if that's what is intended). There is some suggestion of more "Adult" encounters than are present in the players' dialog - for example, Swanson breaks up with boyfriend Owsley and hands him his golf clubs; so, what are his golf clubs doing at her place? And, a later rain scene suggests Swanson had bedded down with the just-proposed Lyon. Swanson's portrayal is remarkably unsteady, at times, for a very accomplished actress who had already successfully transitioned from silent to sound. The material offered in "Indiscreet" couldn't have done much to advance anyone's career; unfortunately, Swanson is particularly slighted, being the star.

*** Indiscreet (4/25/31) Leo McCarey ~ Gloria Swanson, Ben Lyon, Arthur Lake, Barbara Kent


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