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The Senator Was Indiscreet (1947)

Approved | | Comedy | 1948 (UK)
A bumbling, long-winded and crooked Southern senator, considered by some as a dark horse for the Presidency, panics his party when his tell-all diary is stolen.

Director:

George S. Kaufman

Writers:

Charles MacArthur (screenplay), Edwin Lanham (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Powell ... Senator Melvin G. Ashton
Ella Raines ... Poppy McNaughton
Peter Lind Hayes ... Lew Gibson
Arleen Whelan ... Valerie Shepherd
Ray Collins ... Houlihan
Allen Jenkins ... Farrell
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Dinty
Hans Conried ... Waiter
Whit Bissell ... Oakes
Milton Parsons ... You Know Who
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Frank
Oliver Blake ... Indian
Chief Thundercloud ... Indian (as Chief Thunder Cloud)
Chief Yowlachie ... Indian
Iron Eyes Cody ... Indian
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Storyline

Dim-witted blowhard, Melvin G. Ashton, is a US Senator who wants to be President. He hires Lew Gibson, a talented PR man who gets Ashton in newsreels and on the front page, never thinking he'll win. But Ashton has a secret weapon: a diary documenting every shady deal his party's made for 35 years. With the diary, he blackmails the party leaders to support his candidacy, and he's on his way to the nomination. An unseen political enemy is after the diary, using the young and lovely Valerie Shepherd to get into the Senator's room. Plus, Lew's fiancée, reporter Poppy McNaughton thinks she can get her hands on it, too, and stop Ashton. Will the otherwise unemployable dope become President? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

De senator was indiscreet See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Inter-John Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 3, 1949 with William Powell reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

(around 6 min) A vase of flowers is on the table. We cut to close-up of Senator Ashton. When we cut back, the vase of flowers is on the floor. See more »

Quotes

Joe aka 'You Know Who': [on telephone again] Important. There are no extradition treaties between the United States and the following countries: Greenland, Outer Mongolia, and Little America.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Dedication: To every politician who has ever jeopardized a baby's health with unsanitary kisses, who has ever delivered a three - hour Fourth of July oration about himself and George Washington, who has ever promised peace, prosperity and triple movie features in exchange for a vote, this picture is not too humbly dedicated. See more »

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A Great Societal Snapshot
29 October 2003 | by scampelloSee all my reviews

This wonderful vehicle carried so many great character roles and made statements about how things run. Many ring true today. It provided a deliciously skeptical view of politics in general and the American idea that "any boy can can grow up to be President"! The rise of State Highway Divisor Melvin Ashton to the US Senate and the brink of the Presidency may explain how some of our more recent candidates have made it to stage center. My favorite running gag from this film was the characterization of the Bolshevik waiter by the wonderful Hans Conried. It is a snapshot of 1947 America with the impending threat of the Red witch hunt. His portrayal rings true with his bewildered observation of the American political process. It suggests that America was more than a match for Conried's "complete report een treepliket to the Kramleen by 5 PM". It is a DISCREET suggestion of the excess attention focused on the artistic community at the time by the guardians of our liberty. William Powell again comes through in a comedic role. The film's ending is a great piece of irony and social comment. He finally made it as the Big Kahuna, albeit on a slightly smaller stage!


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