Indiscreet (1958 film)
|Directed by||Stanley Donen|
|Produced by||Stanley Donen|
|Written by||Norman Krasna|
|Based on||Kind Sir|
by Norman Krasna
|Music by||Richard Bennett|
|Edited by||Jack Harris|
|Distributed by||Warner Brothers|
|26 June 1958|
|Box office||$8 million (US)|
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 (Ingrid Bergman) is an accomplished London-based theatre actress who has given up her hopes of finding the man of her dreams. Through her brother-in-law, Alfred Munson (Cecil Parker), she meets a handsome economist, Philip Adams (Cary Grant). She is instantly captivated by him and expresses visible interest in him.
At the end of their first meeting, she makes a pass at him to go on a date sometimes later to which he politely states that he is married. He further adds that he is separated and unable to get a divorce from his wife. Anna is seemingly unperturbed by the fact and still asks him out whereupon he agrees.
They hit it off on their first date and continues seeing each other frequently. Soon after they fall in love. Anna is then cautioned by her sister Margaret (Phyllis Calvert) about the affair but she rebuffs her approach.
On the day before Phillip's scheduled sail, Alfred tells Phillip that he knows Phillip is a bachelor from Scotland Yard investigations and asks him the reason for this secret. Phillip reveals that he is unenthusiastic about the idea of marriage but can't give up on women which led him to develop this white lie. However, he assures Alfred that he sincerely loves Anna. He also tells that he plans to surprise Anna on her birthday the next day by delaying his departure by a few days and visiting her at midnight.
Anna informs Alfred and Margaret that she plans to go to New York to surprise Phillip. To discourage her Alfred unwillingly discloses Phillip's plan. Margaret further worsens the situation by stating that Phillip is actually unmarried. Anna becomes furious upon learning this as she takes this as an insult to her dignity. She decides to go on as if nothing happened but secretly concots a plan to get even with him.
She arranges an elaborate ruse where it will appear that she was having an affair with David, an old flame, when Phillip comes to visit her at midnight on her birthday. But it does not go as planned when David meets an accident and can't come. She tries to solve it by making her elderly caretaker Carl (David Kossoff) play the part of David. Despite this, her plan goes haywire when Phillip comes and actually proposes marriage to her and leaves when he mistakes Carl for David. She is absolutely distraught by this but luckily, Phillip returns and she is able to clear up the confusion. She tells him that she is happy the way things are. But now Phillip is adamant about getting married and tells her so. Hearing this, Anna becomes extremely happy and the film ends with the couples embracing each other.
|Written by||Norman Krasna|
|Date premiered||4 November 1953|
|Place premiered||Alvin Theatre, New York|
|Setting||The New York apartment of Miss Jane Kimball|
The film was one of the most popular at the British box office in 1958.
Awards and honorsEdit
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:
- "Indiscreet - Box Office Data". The Numbers. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
- Kind Sir at Playbill
- Louella Parsons: Mary Martin Role Tailored for Monroe, The Washington Post and Times Herald (1954-1959) [Washington, D.C] 11 Oct 1956: 48.
- Thumim, Janet. "The popular cash and culture in the postwar British cinema industry". Screen. Vol. 32 no. 3. p. 259.
- "AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 19 August 2016.