Friday, January 21, 2011
Indiscreet (1933). Cast: Gloria Swanson, Ben Lyon, Barbara Kent and Monroe Owsley. A comedy film directed by Leo McCarey. The screenplay by Buddy G. DeSylva, Lew Brown, and Ray Henderson, based on their story Obey That Impulse, originally was written as a musical, but only two songs - "If You Haven't Got Love" and "Come to Me".
On New Year's Eve, fashion designer Geraldine Trent decides to break up with her boyfriend Jim Woodward, having grown tired of his infidelities. Soon afterward, Geraldine meets and falls in love with novelist Anthony Blake. Blake knows that she has had a man in her past, but he is does not seem to concerned. Things become complicated when her sister Joan returns from a trip and introduces Woodward, as the new man in her life.
To see a young Swanson, in this film is to be pleasantly surprised of her beauty and her talents as an actress. You may want watch "Indiscreet" just to see a young Gloria Swanson at the height of her career.
She began her Hollywood career in 1925 in a small role for Universal Studios. Kent made a strong impression as the heroine who comes up against Greta Garbo's femme fatale in, Flesh and the Devil (1926).
She attracted attention in the film, No Man's Law(1927), by swimming nude (she wore a flesh colored bathing suit in scenes that were considered very daring at the time). She made a smooth transition into talking pictures opposite Harold Lloyd, in the comedy, Welcome Danger (1929). She is also well known for her role in the film, Oliver Twist(1933).
Her marriage to the agent and producer Harry E. Edington stalled her career, for one-year. During that time Edington groomed Kent for what he planned to be a high-profile career. By the time she returned to films, her popularity had faded. She made her final film in 1935.