Review: ‘Indiscreet’

An original story of the musical comedy writing trio of DeSylva, Brown and Henderson, it is without music of moment or quantity. The three boys have fashioned a composite of a lot of other stories, giving it all an original slant. Direction, production and playing fit. As a comedy-drama it is more comedy than drama.

An original story of the musical comedy writing trio of DeSylva, Brown and Henderson, it is without music of moment or quantity. The three boys have fashioned a composite of a lot of other stories, giving it all an original slant. Direction, production and playing fit. As a comedy-drama it is more comedy than drama.

Story starts with s.a. and never stops. The menace is ever on the make, becoming engaged to a younger sister after being thrown down by the sister he had lived with.

Gloria Swanson has most of the laughs, through dialog mostly, but Arthur Lake, as a lovesick kid, gets his points over punchily. They are not as plentiful as Swanson’s but they are more bangy and longer remembered.

Ben Lyon plays the light minded but sincere author who falls for Jerry (Swanson) but won’t listen about her past when she gets to the point of should a woman tell.

Indiscreet

Production

United Artists. Director Leo McCarey; Screenplay DeSylva, Brown and Henderson; Camera Ray June, Gregg Toland; Editor Hal C. Kern; Art Director Alfred Newman

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1931. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

Gloria Swanson Ben Lyon Monroe Owsley Barbara Kent Arthur Lake Maude Eburne
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