Wednesday, May 19, 2021

On This Day... Indiscreet (1958)

Today in 1958 saw the release of Cary Grant's 64th full length film, Indiscreet...which I first reviewed in my blog post on May 20, 2020 - see


An actress who has given up on love meets a suave banker and begins a flirtation with him...even though he's already married.


Cary Grant... Philip Adams
Ingrid Bergman... Anna Kalman
Cecil Parker... Alfred Munson
Phyllis Calvert... Mrs Margaret Munson
David Kossoff... Carl Banks
Megs Jenkins... Doris Banks

Did You Know?

Cary Grant said that this was his personal favorite film.

First of two films by Grandon Productions, which was owned by Cary Grant and director Stanley Donen. The other film was The Grass Is Greener (1960).

The original Broadway production of "Kind Sir" by Norman Krasna, on which Indiscreet (1958) is based, opened at the Alvin Theater on November 4, 1953, ran for 166 performances, and closed on March 27, 1954. The cast included Charles Boyer and Mary Martin in the Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman roles.

The car Anna's chauffeur drives is a brand new 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, valued at $23,000 at the time (over $209,000 in 2020). Reportedly, Cary Grant purchased the car at the end of filming.

Cary Grant was taught how to play snooker by Sidney Lee, at the time one of Britain's best players, and how to play the violin left handed in order to act the part, while Ingrid Bergman was taught how to dance the Highland Fling.

When director Stanley Donen asked Cary Grant if he would do this film, Grant said only if Ingrid Bergman would be his co-star. Bergman was committed to doing The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) which was to be filmed in the UK, and a theatrical production in Paris, so this film was moved to Elstree Studios in England.

Ingrid Bergman agreed to do the film with the script sight unseen in order to work with her friend Cary Grant again.


Anna Kalman: This is a very diplomatic matter, I don't want you putting your foot in it.
Philip Adams: I deal with diplomatic matters every day without feet.

Philip Adams: Oh, I tell you. Women are not the sensitive sex. That's one of the grand delusions of literature. Men are the true romanticists.

Anna Kalman: How dare he make love to me and not be a married man.

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Directed by Stanley Donen.
Produced by Grandon Productions.
Running time: 100 minutes

Artwork by Rebekah Hawley of Studio 36.

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