Indiscreet (1931 film)

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Directed by Leo McCarey
Produced by Lew Brown
Buddy G. DeSylva
Ray Henderson
Written by Buddy G. DeSylva (story & scenario)
Lew Brown (story & scenario)
Ray Henderson (story & scenario)
Leo McCarey
Starring Gloria Swanson
Ben Lyon
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Ray June
Gregg Toland
Edited by Hal C. Kern
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • May 16, 1931 (1931-05-16)
Country United States
Language English

Indiscreet is a 1931 American pre-Code comedy film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Gloria Swanson and Ben Lyon. The screenplay by Buddy G. DeSylva, Lew Brown, and Ray Henderson, based on their story Obey That Impulse, originally was written as a full-fledged musical, but only two songs - "If You Haven't Got Love" and "Come to Me" - remained when the film was released.[1] The film is available on DVD.


The plot of the United Artists release centers on fashion designer Geraldine Trent (Swanson), who takes up with novelist Tony Blake (Lyon) after leaving her former beau Jim Woodward because of his many indiscretions with other women. Tony has indicated he has no interest in dating a woman with a past, so Geraldine remains mum about her affair with Jim, until her younger sister Joan arrives and announces she's engaged—to Jim. Madcap complications ensue as Geraldine tries to keep her secret from Tony while convincing her sister to rid herself of her womanizing fiancé in favor of simple country boy Buster Collins.[2]

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Critical reception[edit]

In May 1931 in The New York Times, film critic Mordaunt Hall gave Indiscreet a mixed review:

It may have its off moments so far as the few serious incidents are concerned, but when it stoops to farce, there is no denying its jollity . . . on the whole, it is a well-worked out entertainment, wherein gusts of merriment cause one to overlook its occasional flaws . . . Now and again the film sobers up, but the director and the authors have solved a way of inoculating it with further mirth, and even at the end there is a streak of fun that is almost Chaplinesque.[3]


  1. ^ Indiscreet at the New York Film Annex
  2. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:Indiscreet
  3. ^ Hall, Mordaunt (1931). "THE SCREEN; A Merry Miss Swanson", film review, The New York Times, May 7, 1931; retrieved October 6, 2017.

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