The Senator Was Indiscreet

The Senator Was Indiscreet

George S Kaufman (1947)

U Certificate


Our Score
William Powell is at his tongue-in-cheek best in this interesting satire on Capitol Hill playing a senator with an interest in more than just the latest crop sharers' bill. This Universal comedy is unusual for its time, in that it pokes very obvious fun at political institutions when other movies were considerably less direct. Inexplicably, this was the only directorial outing for playwright George S Kaufman, who acquits himself very well, but perhaps his brand of no-holds-barred satire was a little too strong for 1940s Hollywood. Shame.


A crooked politician's chances of becoming president are threatened when the diary containing all his darkest secrets goes missing. Comedy, starring William Powell and Ella Raines.

Cast & Crew

Senator Melvin G Ashton William Powell
Poppy McNaughton Ella Raines
Lew Gibson Peter Lind Hayes
Valerie Shepherd Arleen Whelan
Houlihan Ray Collins
Farrell Allen Jenkins
Dinty Charles D Brown
Waiter Hans Conried
Oakes Whit Bissell
Joe Milton Parsons
Woman at banquet Norma Varden
Frank Francis Pierlot
Mrs Ashton Myrna Loy
Director George S Kaufman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist Ltd