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.

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
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