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Director:
Writers:
Irwin Shaw (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
20 August 1942 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Screen comedy so gay... drama so thrilling... love so exciting, it will be the talk of YOUR town!
Plot:
An escaped prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 7 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
An uneven story salvaged by three resourceful actors See more (59 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... Leopold Dilg

Jean Arthur ... Nora Shelley

Ronald Colman ... Professor Michael Lightcap

Edgar Buchanan ... Sam Yates
Glenda Farrell ... Regina Bush
Charles Dingle ... Andrew Holmes
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Shelley

Rex Ingram ... Tilney
Leonid Kinskey ... Jan Pulaski
Tom Tyler ... Clyde Bracken

Don Beddoe ... Police Chief
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sam Ash ... Supreme Court Spectator (uncredited)
Dorothy Babb ... Schoolgirl Noticing Beard (uncredited)
Georgia Backus ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Holger Bendixen ... Townsman (uncredited)
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Western Union Boy (uncredited)
Ferike Boros ... Mrs. Pulaski (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)

Lloyd Bridges ... Donald Forrester (uncredited)
Leslie Brooks ... Secretary (uncredited)
Eddie Bruce ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Usher (uncredited)
Eddie Coke ... Reporter (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Joe Cunningham ... McGuire (uncredited)
Lew Davis ... Waiter at Regina's Shop (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Cop on Stairs (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Detective (uncredited)
Clyde Fillmore ... Senator James Boyd (uncredited)

Joe Garcio ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Cameraman with Forrester (uncredited)
Bud Geary ... Townsman (uncredited)
William Gould ... Sheriff with Hounds (uncredited)
Jay Guedillio ... Man (uncredited)
Dave Harper ... Townsman (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Mob Member Carrying Rope (uncredited)
George Hickman ... Townsman (uncredited)
Maynard Holmes ... Vendor (uncredited)
Dick Jensen ... Townsman (uncredited)
Robert Keats ... Man (uncredited)
Stubby Kruger ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
William Lally ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Henry, Photographer (uncredited)
Jack Low ... Workman (uncredited)
Herman Marks ... Townsman (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Joe McGuinn ... Jailer Overpowered by Dilg (uncredited)
Patrick McVey ... First Policeman (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Townsman (uncredited)

Clarence Muse ... Supreme Court Doorkeeper (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Blanche Payson ... Supreme Court Spectator (uncredited)
Charles Perry ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ralph Peters ... Eddie, Moving Man (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Detective (uncredited)
Lee Prather ... Sergeant At Arms (uncredited)
Al Rhein ... Townsman (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson ... Jake (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Townsman at Ballgame (uncredited)
Dan Seymour ... Headwaiter at Nightclub (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Reporter (uncredited)
Roberta Smith ... Schoolgirl Noticing Beard (uncredited)
Charles St. George ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Policeman in Station Wagon (uncredited)
Frank M. Thomas ... District Attorney Scott (uncredited)
Mabel Todd ... Operator (uncredited)
Victor Travers ... Townsman (uncredited)
Lelah Tyler ... Townswoman (uncredited)
John Tyrrell ... Townsman at Ballgame (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Townsman (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Moving Man (uncredited)
Robert Walker ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
George Watts ... Judge Grunstadt (uncredited)
Lee 'Lasses' White ... Hound Keeper (uncredited)

Directed by
George Stevens 
 
Writing credits
Irwin Shaw (screenplay) &
Sidney Buchman (screenplay)

Dale Van Every (adaptation)

Sidney Harmon (story)

Produced by
Fred Guiol .... associate producer
George Stevens .... producer
 
Original Music by
Friedrich Hollaender  (as Frederick Hollander)
 
Cinematography by
Ted Tetzlaff (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Otto Meyer 
 
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
 
Makeup Department
Rhoda Donaldson .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Norman Deming .... assistant director
Earl Bellamy .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Bud Brill .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Rudolph Sternad .... associate art director
Fay Babcock .... set dresser (uncredited)
Bill Black .... props (uncredited)
H. Hopkins .... props (uncredited)
Reggie Smith .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Eldon Coutts .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Lodge Cunningham .... sound (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Paul Stader .... stunt double: Cary Grant (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fayte M. Browne .... second camera operator (uncredited)
M.S. Burns .... gaffer (uncredited)
Joe Citron .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Walter Meins .... grip (uncredited)
John Miehle .... still photographer (uncredited)
Sam Rosen .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Fred Stoll .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... gowns: Miss Arthur
Thomas S. Dawson .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Gail Ducharme .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Paul Borofsky .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Donald W. Starling .... montage effects (as Donald Starling)
Steve Benton .... stand-in: Edgar Buchanan (uncredited)
Dorothy Dunn .... stand-in: Emma Dunn (uncredited)
Mrs. Roy Feldman .... stand-in: Ferike Boros (uncredited)
Ruth Feldman .... stand-in: Ferike Boros (uncredited)
Jack Mannick .... stand-in: Leonid Kinskey (uncredited)
Mal Merrihugh .... stand-in: Cary Grant (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt .... stand-in: Ronald Colman (uncredited)
Floyd Shackelford .... stand-in: Rex Ingram (uncredited)
Kay Smith .... stand-in: Jean Arthur (uncredited)
Ralph Stein .... stand-in: George Watts (uncredited)
Frances Waverly .... stand-in: Glenda Farrell (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"George Stevens' The Talk of the Town" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
118 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
A radio theatre presentation of The Talk of the Town (1942) was broadcast on CBS radio on the Lux Radio Theatre on 5/17/1943; with Cary Grant, Ronald Colman and Jean Arthur recreating their roles from the movie. It's a 60 minute adaptation of the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: After escaping from jail one evening and spending the entire night hidden away in an attic with no access to plumbing, Dilg awakes cleanly shaved the next morning.See more »
Quotes:
Leopold Dilg:Well, it's a form of self-expression. Some people write books. Some people write music. I make speeches on street corners.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.68" (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Jive BomberSee more »

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25 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
An uneven story salvaged by three resourceful actors, 19 February 2003
Author: William Ploch (wbploc0@pop.uky.edu) from Lexington, Kentucky

Social commentary either elevates the value of a film or bogs it down, and with comedies it is generally the latter. "The Talk of the Town" is no exception; while it is a fun film that has much to admire, the pretensions of the film-makers often get in the way of what could have been a masterpiece of comic suspense. The tone becomes almost unbearably preachy at times, and some of the monologues on `justice' and the `pursuit of truth' are excruciating on the ears. Thankfully, the good people at Columbia hired just the right people to star.

The specific political stances of Leopold Dilg are never made clear; we're just supposed to accept the idea that he's a good guy who is put down by a corrupt system. Fortunately, Cary Grant uses his remarkable charm and talent to turn in a performance that allows us to sympathize with a character whose background is far too vague. Likewise, Jean Arthur and Ronald Colman are able to invest interest in characters that might otherwise have come off two-dimensionally. The charisma of the three leads fuels a love triangle that does a far better job of moving the story forward than any "serious message" that the film-makers were trying to impart to the audience. Grant, Arthur, and Colman are rightfully remembered as three of cinema's finest actors, but they deserve special credit for adding some much-needed pizzazz to this movie.

All in all, "The Talk of the Town" is a rambling, misguided movie saved by smart casting and disciplined acting, not to mention more than a few laughs. It is a classic example of skilled performers triumphing over flawed material.

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