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Indiscreet (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 26 July 1958 (USA)
An actress who has given up on love meets a suave banker and begins a flirtation with him...even though he's already married.

Director:

Stanley Donen

Writers:

Norman Krasna (screenplay), Norman Krasna (play)
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Philip Adams
Ingrid Bergman ... Anna Kalman
Cecil Parker ... Alfred Munson
Phyllis Calvert ... Mrs. Margaret Munson
David Kossoff ... Carl Banks
Megs Jenkins ... Doris Banks
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Storyline

Anna Kalman is a London based actress. She has been unable to find love in her life. The reason why she came home early from a vacation to Majorca fits into that theme, as the man she met there and was initially attracted to ended up not being who she thought he was as a man. Upon her arrival home, she meets the suave Philip Adams, a financier who is a work acquaintance of her brother-in-law, diplomat Alfred Munson. Philip initially states that there is no Mrs. Adams in his life. But when Anna later asks him out, he clarifies that statement in that there is no Mrs. Adams in London, as she is at home in San Francisco. Regardless, Anna decides still to ask him on the date she had intended to the ballet. He accepts, letting her know that whatever happens between the two of them that he will never be able to leave his wife. As time goes on, the two fall in love, their happiness which can only be sustained as long as Philip has his Paris-based contract with NATO. So when Philip announces ... Written by Huggo

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How dare he make love to me - And not be a married man! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Indiscreet See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Leslie Weston was booked to play a taxi driver, but withdrew his services and was replaced. See more »

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Bergman puts her gloves on the back of the chair; Grant puts his coat over the gloves, but when he pulls his coat off the chair just before he leaves, the gloves have disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Anna Kalman: This is a very diplomatic matter, I don't want you putting your foot in it.
Philip Adams: I deal with diplomatic matters every day without feet.
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INDISCREET
by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
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Oh, I tell you. Women are not the sensitive sex. That's one of the grand delusions of literature. Men are the true romanticists.
7 September 2010 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Out of Warner Brothers, Indiscreet is directed by Stanley Donen and stars Ingrid Bergman & Cary Grant, with support coming from Cecil Parker, Phyllis Calvert, David Kossoff & Megs Jenkins. It is based on the play "Kind Sir" written by Norman Krasna. Plot sees Bergman as Anna Kalman, an accomplished actress who can't believe her luck when she finally meets the man of her dreams, Philip Adams (Grant). However, Phillip is keeping a secret, a secret that Anna finds out about and promptly sets about getting even with him for.

Indiscreet is a very simple movie. Grant and Bergman re-team again 12 years after making Notorious with Alfred Hitchcock. Their chemistry is again sparkling and Donen utilises it to the maximum by naturally building the film around the charismatic stars. There's no hidden agendas here, the movie knows it is breezy and understands that good writing (edgy at times) and two comfortable actors can make for good entertainment. It starts off slow, but the character build up pays off once Grant & Bergman start their romance, in fact the comedy is indeed thin on the ground for the first half of the film. But once the secret at the core of the plot is out, the comedy kicks into gear, with a dancing party sequence joyous and alone is worth watching the film for.

Also note worthy is the London location which provides a fitting back drop to the well mannered, well to do, coupling of Anna & Phillip. While the costumes too are pleasing and hang nicely off of the two aesthetically safe-in middle-age actors. It's no screwball, far from it, so any expectation of that will surely disappoint newcomers. And true to say it's very old fashioned and of its time as regards its romantic ideals. But that's OK, we like light hearted well written comedy, especially when it's performed as smooth as it is here. 7/10


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