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The Talk of the Town (1942)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  20 August 1942 (USA)
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An escaped prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher.

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Leopold Dilg
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Nora Shelley
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Professor Michael Lightcap
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Regina Bush
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Mrs. Shelley
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In suburban Lochester, New England, three people end up living together in high school teacher Nora Shelley's rental house. The first is her new tenant, renowned Harvard law professor Michael Lightcap, who has rented the house for the summer while he writes his new book. The second is Nora herself. Despite having an auspicious first meeting, Lightcap hires Nora to be his live-in cook and secretary for a week until his manservant Tilney arrives. The third is Joseph, the property's gardener, who is currently laid up with a sprained ankle. In reality, Joseph is Nora's childhood friend Leopold Dilg, who has just escaped from prison. Leopold was being tried for the arson of the factory where he worked, and for murder for the death of the factory foreman Clyde Bracken, whose body was never recovered but who is assumed to have died in the fire. Despite the danger to herself, Nora hides Leopold since she believes his story that although he, as an activist, did speak out about the dangerous ... Written by Huggo

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Screen comedy so gay... drama so thrilling... love so exciting, it will be the talk of YOUR town!


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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 13, 1946 with Ronald Colman reprising his film role. See more »

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During the headline montage at the beginning of the film, one of the headlines misspells "EMPLOYEE" as "EMPLOYE". See more »

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Michael Lightcap: Look at me, a dream of twenty years come true. More happiness than any man deserves, that chair. But now there's something Else, Nora: My friends. I want to see them as happy as I am. Nothing less will do. And Leopold, what a fine fellow - and I've been thinking, Nora, that if someone were to take his hand and say "Leopold, my wreckless friend, here's love and companionship, forever." Well, some day that man would... You see what I mean, Nora?
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A perfect mix of comedy and drama
10 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

Talk of the Town is an excellent combination of a screwball comedy and legal drama. Grant plays well in both genres and is aided here with very capable co-stars, Arthur and Coleman. The discussions between Dilg and the professor concerning the practical and theoretical aspects of the law are both entertaining in their tit-for-tat presentation and thought provoking in their philosophical content. Jean Arthur is also very charming as the love interest who helps move them to compromise. I thoroughly enjoyed this intelligent, witty, funny, and well-acted film and strongly recommend it, 8/10.


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