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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


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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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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In the second scene of the film Gloria Swanson's character is reading "Obey That Impulse", the story on which Indiscreet is based. See more »

Quotes

Jim Woodward: Why do you insist on spoiling a perfectly good New Year's Eve?
Geraldine Trent: I haven't! It's hardly midnight. You won't lack company--you didn't earlier this evening...
[she plucks a hair from his shirtfront]
Jim Woodward: Gerry! \ That's not like you.
Geraldine Trent: [pointing to her head] No. \I'm a brunette.
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Soundtracks

Come to Me
(uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
Performed by Gloria Swanson
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Sparkling Swanson comedy.
21 September 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

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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