The Senator Was Indiscreet

Director George S. Kaufman manifests pace and polish in a fast-moving bit of fluff [story by Edwin Lanham] about a flannel-mouth Solon whose presidential aspirations become complicated when he loses an incriminating diary wherein he had recorded every step taken by his political backers in the past 30 days. Topper finds William Powell (in the title role) in native South Seas garb and his 'queen' is the unbilled Myrna Loy - a frank takeoff on the Crosby-Hope technique of 'surprise' tongue-in-cheek fadeouts.

With:
William Powell Ella Raines Arleen Whelan Charles D. Brown Peter Lind Hayes Myrna Loy

Director George S. Kaufman manifests pace and polish in a fast-moving bit of fluff [story by Edwin Lanham] about a flannel-mouth Solon whose presidential aspirations become complicated when he loses an incriminating diary wherein he had recorded every step taken by his political backers in the past 30 days. Topper finds William Powell (in the title role) in native South Seas garb and his ‘queen’ is the unbilled Myrna Loy – a frank takeoff on the Crosby-Hope technique of ‘surprise’ tongue-in-cheek fadeouts.

Powell does a fine job as the stuffy dimwit of a senator who was not stupid enough not to record his political machine’s machinations. He uses that as a club over Charles D. Brown, who does a capital job as the bullying political boss. Ella Raines is the newspaper gal who rightly suspects Arleen Whelan got away with the diary as a favor to her beau, who too has political ambitions in opposition to the senator.

Casting is good down the line, and there are many nice little touches (such as that autographed, oversize postage stamp whereon George Washington ‘thanks’ p.a. Peter Lind Hayes for ‘putting me on the stamp’).

The Senator Was Indiscreet

Production: Universal. Director George S. Kaufman; Producer Nunnally Johnson; Screenplay Charles MacArthur; Camera William Mellor; Editor Sherman A. Rose; Music Daniele Amfitheatrof; Art Director Bernard Herzbrun, Boris Leven

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1947. Running time: 86 MIN.

With: William Powell Ella Raines Arleen Whelan Charles D. Brown Peter Lind Hayes Myrna Loy

More Film

  • Anita Hill

    Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs

    Director George S. Kaufman manifests pace and polish in a fast-moving bit of fluff [story by Edwin Lanham] about a flannel-mouth Solon whose presidential aspirations become complicated when he loses an incriminating diary wherein he had recorded every step taken by his political backers in the past 30 days. Topper finds William Powell (in the […]

  • Warren Beatty

    Arnon Milchan Sues Warren Beatty Over 'Rules Don't Apply' Flop

    Director George S. Kaufman manifests pace and polish in a fast-moving bit of fluff [story by Edwin Lanham] about a flannel-mouth Solon whose presidential aspirations become complicated when he loses an incriminating diary wherein he had recorded every step taken by his political backers in the past 30 days. Topper finds William Powell (in the […]

  • Oscar Isaac Addams Family

    Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated 'Addams Family' Movie

    Director George S. Kaufman manifests pace and polish in a fast-moving bit of fluff [story by Edwin Lanham] about a flannel-mouth Solon whose presidential aspirations become complicated when he loses an incriminating diary wherein he had recorded every step taken by his political backers in the past 30 days. Topper finds William Powell (in the […]

  • Jennifer Lawrence

    Publicists for Jennifer Lawrence, Daisy Ridley, Amy Adams Form New Firm

    Director George S. Kaufman manifests pace and polish in a fast-moving bit of fluff [story by Edwin Lanham] about a flannel-mouth Solon whose presidential aspirations become complicated when he loses an incriminating diary wherein he had recorded every step taken by his political backers in the past 30 days. Topper finds William Powell (in the […]

  • Hannah Marks Liana Liberato

    Hannah Marks, Liana Liberato to Star in High School Comedy 'Banana Split'

    Director George S. Kaufman manifests pace and polish in a fast-moving bit of fluff [story by Edwin Lanham] about a flannel-mouth Solon whose presidential aspirations become complicated when he loses an incriminating diary wherein he had recorded every step taken by his political backers in the past 30 days. Topper finds William Powell (in the […]

  • NOR_D01_053017_9621_R2 – L-R: Tom Hanks (Ben

    Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' to Open Palm Springs Film Festival

    Director George S. Kaufman manifests pace and polish in a fast-moving bit of fluff [story by Edwin Lanham] about a flannel-mouth Solon whose presidential aspirations become complicated when he loses an incriminating diary wherein he had recorded every step taken by his political backers in the past 30 days. Topper finds William Powell (in the […]

  • Willa Fitzgerald

    'The Goldfinch' Movie Adaptation Casts Willa Fitzgerald (EXCLUSIVE)

    Director George S. Kaufman manifests pace and polish in a fast-moving bit of fluff [story by Edwin Lanham] about a flannel-mouth Solon whose presidential aspirations become complicated when he loses an incriminating diary wherein he had recorded every step taken by his political backers in the past 30 days. Topper finds William Powell (in the […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content