Friday, 2 September 2011

Indiscreet (1958)

Teaming up Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in a romantic comedy, with back-up from Cecil Parker (who I've always liked in whatever movie I see him in) and Phyllis Calvert, would seem like a sure-fire formula for a funny, enjoyable film. Sadly though Stanley Donen's dry direction and Norman Krasna's even dryer screenplay turn it into, apart from brief flashes of humour and a reasonably funny final sequence, a tedious bore. Cary Grant plays a man who admits that he's married whenever he starts an affair, but eventually people find out that this is a ruse.  Grant churns out the dialogue, Bergman frets or fawns, and basically nothing really works as it should in this movie.  It's supposedly a romantic comedy, but there was precious little comedy and even less romance!

Indiscreet is a massively missed opportunity. Watch Bringing Up Baby again if you need a Cary Grant fix!

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Film Geek Bastard said...

Thanks for the review. Funny you should mention "Bringing Up Baby". It's one of my favorite comedies of all time.

CaptainD said...

You obviously have very good taste! :-D