The Talk of the Town

The Talk of the Town

DVD - 2003
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A fugitive, falsely accused of murder, is aided by a schoolteacher and a Supreme Court nominee in George Stevens' serio-comic look at law and justice in America.

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yellow_zebra_264
May 14, 2019

“The Talk of the Town” is an entertaining film directed by George Stevens that combines comedy with drama. The cast’s chemistry is superb, and the story is done in very much the same style as a Frank Capra movie. Fans of classic movies will most likely enjoy this one with Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, and Ronald Colman. Highly recommend!

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ThomasJWhiting
Aug 29, 2018

VERY GOOD 1942 b/w film with expansive comic, romantic, and dramatic plot that covers a lot of ground in this entertaining slice of 40's Americana.

Cary Grant is excellent in his lead role, as is beautiful Jean Arthur (I have only recently begun seeing her talented work). Also enjoyed Ronald Colman in his role.

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Derringer
Aug 16, 2018

When it comes to Hollywood "Screwball" comedies from the 1940's - I'd say that "The Talk Of The Town" was a somewhat better offering than were most that were being made from that particular genre back then.

This above-average comedy/drama actually contained some very good interaction between the 3 principal players in the story. I found this picture's plotline so nutty that it was actually funny.

For most people who like zany stories, I don't think that anyone would be disappointed with "The Talk Of The Town".

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akirakato
Aug 15, 2018

Directed by George Stevens in 1942 based on a story by Sidney Harmon, this American dramedy depicts the life of a prison escapee who seeks shelter in a house owned by former schoolmate Nora Shelley on whom he has had a crush for years.
Shelley has the house rented for the summer to distinguished law professor Michael Lightcap.
Three of them get entangled in a somewhat foolish and hilarious way.
Although considered a dramedy, it actually turns out a social drama with some slapstick scenes that make me laugh out loud to death.
The story seems unrealistic, but I really enjoyed this entertaining piece.

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ManMachine
Aug 01, 2018

The Talk Of The Town's story involves a decidedly shaky "love-triangle" situation where 2 virile men are both vying for the affections of one far-from-meek female.

Well - Had this film not been made under the strangling restrictions of the notorious "Hays Code" - Then - I think that it would have been a much more comical scenario had the 2 men actually been seeking out each other's affections, instead.

Yeah. And, if that was the case - You can be sure that this film's title "The Talk Of The Town" would've had so much more underlying meaning to it - Don't you think?

Anyway - All kidding aside here, folks - I found this particular 1942 comedy/social drama to be something of a rarity as its plotline was actually much stronger than were most humor-driven films from that "screwball" era of Hollywood movie-making history.

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swyckl
Jun 11, 2017

I liked this DVD. If you like the 1940-1950 comedies, you will like this movie. The script was strong. It was well acted. I like the actors.

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MissyJayne
Oct 28, 2015

I don't know if I have ever seen Jean Arthur in anything before, but I absolutely fell in love with her. She was the perfect comedienne- charming, funny and endearing. She is absolutely adorable! Very entertaining movie. Cary Grant is my absolute favourite. He can never do any wrong by me. Also, I was unfamiliar with Ronald Colman. He was very charming as well, even though, he played a stuffy professor. I love his voice! Overall, I was very pleased by this film.

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hoacornell
Dec 28, 2014

3 stars who all work perfectly to make an outstanding movie. Jean Arthur has a room to rent, the trouble is she books it to not one but two men. Those men are Cary Grant and Ronald Colman and Jean Arthur tries to keep them from knowing about the other. All of the cast can be quite funny, especially Jean Arthur. It is always good to see good actors get a great script and make it into a sensational movie! This is a Five Star Classic Film!

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garycornell
Sep 22, 2014

Director George Stevens has his hands full with a cast of Cary Grant, Jean Arthur and Ronald Colman. Each is perfectly cast in their roles. Jean Arthur has two rooms to rent. The first goes the Colman as Professor Lightcap. He is stuffy and rather dull as a professor might be. Along comes as escaped prisoner who was falsely charged with murder. Only Jean Arthur could pull off so many sight gags that come into play when she tries to hide Cary Grant from Ronald Colman. This may be the best role Jean Arthur ever had and she made the most of it. I have always enjoyed her high pitched voice, cute smile and innocent look. She can say a lot with just her smile. A great movie that you will surely want to see. KCLS has 3 copies and at this moment only one copy is with a patron. Please feel free to leave me a comment on how you like the film. I am rather confident you will be pleased. Thanks!!

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movie20
Nov 03, 2012

Good classic movie. Love the classics. I am a Ronald Colman fan. Have seen several of his movies. He is very good in Random Harvest with Greer Garson.

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