Indiscreet (1931)

92-94 mins | Comedy-drama | 25 April 1931

Director:

Leo McCarey

Cinematographers:

Ray June, Gregg Toland

Editor:

Hal C. Kern

Production Designer:

Richard Day

Production Company:

Feature Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working titles were Indiscretion and Obey That Impulse . B. G. DeSylva, Lew Brown & Ray Henderson were better known as a songwriting team than as screenwriters. Among other songs, they were the authors of "Sunnyside Up" and "Just ... More Less

The film's working titles were Indiscretion and Obey That Impulse . B. G. DeSylva, Lew Brown & Ray Henderson were better known as a songwriting team than as screenwriters. Among other songs, they were the authors of "Sunnyside Up" and "Just Imagine." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
10 May 31
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Apr 31
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Jan 31
p. 50, 57
Motion Picture Herald
24 Jan 31
p. 34.
Motion Picture Herald
14 Mar 31
p. 44.
New York Times
7 May 31
p. 21.
New York Times
17 May 31
p. 5.
Variety
13 May 31
p. 36.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A DeSylva, Brown & Henderson Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
[Wrt] by
[Wrt] by
[Wrt] by
[Wrt] by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"If You Haven't Got Love" and "Come to Me," music and lyrics by B. G. DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Obey That Impulse
Indiscretion
Release Date:
25 April 1931
Copyright Claimant:
Feature Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
6 April 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2189
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
92-94
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Determined to start the new year off right, dress designer Geraldine "Jerry" Trent sends her unfaithful boyfriend, Jim Woodward packing. A short time later, her friend Buster Collins introduces her to author Tony Blake. Jerry loves Tony's book, Obey That Impulse , and finds him attractive as well. Practicing what he preaches, Tony immediately proposes marriage. Jerry just laughs, but together they have a lot of fun acting out Tony's theory, and she soon realizes that she loves and wants to marry him. First, though, she feels she must tell him about her affair with Jim despite dire warnings from her Aunt Kate. Although he's upset by the news, Tony still wants to marry her. The next day, Jerry's sister Joan arrives home from school in France, where, unknown to Jerry, she has fallen in love with Jim. When Jerry finds out, she warns Jim to stay away from her sister, but he doesn't take the situation seriously and invites everyone to his parent's house party. Initially, Jerry refuses to go, but when she finds out that business will prevent Tony from attending, she decides to go after all and keep an eye on Joan. Desperate to break Joan's engagement, Jerry first pretends to be a little crazy. When this doesn't work, she pretends she is still in love with Jim. While the two of them are alone together, she signals to Joan for help by singing a special song. Joan comes to her aid only to see Jerry and Jim embracing. Unfortunately, so does Tony, who has arrived at the last minute. Heartbroken, Jerry returns home, where ... +


Determined to start the new year off right, dress designer Geraldine "Jerry" Trent sends her unfaithful boyfriend, Jim Woodward packing. A short time later, her friend Buster Collins introduces her to author Tony Blake. Jerry loves Tony's book, Obey That Impulse , and finds him attractive as well. Practicing what he preaches, Tony immediately proposes marriage. Jerry just laughs, but together they have a lot of fun acting out Tony's theory, and she soon realizes that she loves and wants to marry him. First, though, she feels she must tell him about her affair with Jim despite dire warnings from her Aunt Kate. Although he's upset by the news, Tony still wants to marry her. The next day, Jerry's sister Joan arrives home from school in France, where, unknown to Jerry, she has fallen in love with Jim. When Jerry finds out, she warns Jim to stay away from her sister, but he doesn't take the situation seriously and invites everyone to his parent's house party. Initially, Jerry refuses to go, but when she finds out that business will prevent Tony from attending, she decides to go after all and keep an eye on Joan. Desperate to break Joan's engagement, Jerry first pretends to be a little crazy. When this doesn't work, she pretends she is still in love with Jim. While the two of them are alone together, she signals to Joan for help by singing a special song. Joan comes to her aid only to see Jerry and Jim embracing. Unfortunately, so does Tony, who has arrived at the last minute. Heartbroken, Jerry returns home, where Aunt Kate convinces her to pursue Tony who is sailing for Europe. Jerry sneaks on the boat in the seat of a car and finds Tony who asks the captain to marry them immediately. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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