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Indiscreet (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 16 May 1931 (USA)
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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Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

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: 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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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Gloria Swanson (1961) See more »

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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Comedy/melodrama/musical
14 March 2005 | by tentenderSee all my reviews

Not by any means a good film (which even director McCarey admits -- see his interview with Peter Bogdanovich in "Who the Devil Made It"), but nonetheless an interesting one. As McCarey points out, the beginning of sound was a difficult period in the film industry, and this one suffered from the "no more musicals!" diktat which followed -- of course -- several musical flops. So the script -- originally a musical by the great team of DeSylva, Brown and Henderson -- was divested of most of its songs and rewritten in ten days. "How was that?," asks Bogdanovich. "Lousy," says McCarey. Well, yes, it's strangely unfocused, veering nervously between comedy and melodrama, and making the viewer nervous withal. Yet it is fascinating to watch Miss Swanson, who, in one of her first sound pictures, combines the gestural grace of the best silent acting with an already secure command of the more naturalistic technique of sound film acting (and has a better than decent singing voice, besides). As with many 1930-31 releases, this one is plagued by a very uneven soundtrack -- one marvels that these problems were so fully overcome within a year or two. Supporting players include Maude Eburne, charmingly blowzy in a Marie Dressler role, and the actor whose most famous performance is that of Katherine Hepburn's father in "Holiday" -- here playing more pleasantly a similar (though slightly less obnoxious) role. Arthur Lake, best known as Dagwood Bumstead, is not easy to watch, but Ben Lyon makes quite a reasonably handsome and charming leading man. Obviously a very uneven film, but worth seeing for its minor virtues.


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