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The Talk of the Town

1 rating: 4.0
1942 motion picture starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur and Ronald Colman.

George Stevens' Talk of the Town is a quick-witted comedy driven by wonderful performances by Cary Grant, Ronald Colman and Jean Arthur. Michael Lightcap (Colman) is a stuffy law professor in line to a Supreme Court appointment, who is spending … see full wiki

Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1942
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about The Talk of the Town

Cary Grant in one of his most unusual roles.

  • Jun 12, 2011
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In 1942's "The Talk of the Town" Cary Grant plays Leopold Dilg, a mill worker and political activist. When the mill burns down and a man is killed in the inferno Dilg is accused by the owner of setting the fire. The mill owner has friends in high places and the fix is in. In spite of the fact that he is innocent Leopold Dilg is all but certain to be convicted of arson and murder. He will be made an example of and there is little doubt that he will be executed.

But Dilg manages to escape from custody and badly injures his leg in the process. He turns up at a house owned by an old flame Miss Nora Shelley (Jean Arthur).  At first she is frightened by the encounter but Miss Shelley quickly becomes sympathetic to his plight and scrambles to help him in any way she can. Matters are greatly complicated because Miss Shelley has rented this house to a law professor named Michael Lightcap (Ronald Colman). When Lightcap shows up all hell breaks loose and the results are positively hilarious. One thing leads to another and Miss Shelley introduces Dilg to the professor as ""the gardener".  The two immediately hit it off and before long are engaging in deep philosophical discussions.   How long can Leopold Dilg keep up his charade?  Meanwhile, both Dilg and Lightcap are vying for the affections of MIss Shelley while the police are closing in on the suspect.  Directed by George Stevens "The Talk of the Town" is a film that will capture your attention at the outset and hold it until the final scene.  A highly unusual role for Cary Grant who pulls it off with great aplomb.  An unexpected treat.   Highly recommended!
Cary Grant in one of his most unusual roles. Cary Grant in one of his most unusual roles. Cary Grant in one of his most unusual roles. Cary Grant in one of his most unusual roles.

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