Indiscreet (1958 film)

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Cinema poster
Directed by Stanley Donen
Produced by Stanley Donen
Written by Norman Krasna
Based on Kind Sir
1954 play
by Norman Krasna
Starring Cary Grant
Ingrid Bergman
Music by Richard Bennett
Cinematography Freddie Young
Edited by Jack Harris
Distributed by Warner Brothers
Release date
26 June 1958
Running time
100 min.
Language English
Box office $8 million (US)[1]

Indiscreet is a 1958 Technicolor British romantic comedy film directed by Stanley Donen and starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. An actress falls in love with a man she believes to be married, who is secretly concealing from her the fact that he has no wife.

The film is based on the play Kind Sir by Norman Krasna. This was Grant's and Bergman's second film together, after Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946), and was one of the first films to popularise artistic use of the technique of split screens. The film was remade for television in 1988 starring Robert Wagner and Lesley-Anne Down.


Anna Kalman is an accomplished London-based actress who has given up hope of finding the man of her dreams. Through her brother-in-law she meets a handsome economist, Philip Adams (Cary Grant), and they fall in love.

However, he is keeping a secret from her. As opposed to being a married man who pretends to be single, Philip (Grant) is a bachelor who pretends to be married. When she learns of his lie, Anna becomes furious and works out a plan to get even. However, after an open conversation they plan to get married.

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Original play[edit]

Kind Sir
Written by Norman Krasna
Date premiered 4 November 1953
Place premiered Alvin Theatre, New York
Original language English
Subject Comedy
Setting The New York apartment of Miss Jane Kimball

Kind Sir is a play that was originally directed by Joshua Logan. It ran for 166 performances.[2]

Original cast[edit]


It was originally announced that the film would be made with either Marilyn Monroe or Jayne Mansfield, and with Clark Gable as the male star.[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

Indiscreet was nominated for three Golden Globes, two BAFTAs and one Writers Guild of America award, but failed to win any of them.

The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:


  1. ^ "Indiscreet - Box Office Data". The Numbers. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  2. ^ Kind Sir at Playbill
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  4. ^ Louella Parsons: Mary Martin Role Tailored for Monroe, The Washington Post and Times Herald (1954-1959) [Washington, D.C] 11 Oct 1956: 48.
  5. ^ "AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-19.

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