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Indiscreet Reviews

One of those rare movies that is far better than the play from which it was adapted. Based on Norman Krasna's Broadway flop, "Kind Sir," the movie is a frothy, often funny, diversion. Bergman, who proved her expertise in comedy with this performance, is a rich actress living in regal London luxury. Her sister, Calvert, and brother-in-law, Parker, introduce her to Grant, a financial genius who has come to London for a NATO dinner. Grant is a lifelong bachelor who masquerades as a married man to keep his single status secure. Grant tells Bergman that he's married, wich is fine with her. She has no interest in getting married and no compunctions about having an affair with a man who claims that he's separated and whose wife won't grant him freedom. Grant takes a job with NATO in Paris and their romance thrives as he comes to visit Bergman in London every weekend. When Grant is told he must transfer to New York for as long as five months, Bergman is at first heartbroken, then plans to quit the play she's appearing in and head for the US herself. But Calvert, who has learned the truth about Grant's marital status, lets Bergman in on the secret. Hurt and angry, Bergman plots to arouse Grant's jealousy by feigning an affair with a former lover. The play starred Charles Boyer and Mary Martin, and, as good as they were, Grant and Bergman eclipsed them in the movie. This was a throwback to the Philip Barry school of drawing room comedy, and both Grant and Bergman were up to the challenge of re-creating the kind of movie that had been popular 20 years before. (Many of those, after all, had starred Grant.) This was the second pairing of Bergman and Grant (the first was in Alfred Hitchcock's NOTORIOUS in 1946) and they make a wonderful screen team, both adroitly handling the film's humor. Not to be missed is Grant's impromptu dance at a proper London club. INDISCREET is the perfect film to watch when you just want to lean back and smile, knowing full well what the outcome will be. The only surprise in the picture is how deft a comedienne Bergman could be.