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Director:
Writers:
Irwin Shaw (screenplay) &
Sidney Buchman (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:
Funny, thoughtful, what more do you want? 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:
Lloyd Bridges' tiny role was one of 20 film appearances he made in 1942 alone.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Following a torrential nighttime rainstorm, the dirt driveway and surrounding earth around the house is perfectly dry early the next morning.See more »
Quotes:
Leopold Dilg:With these indoor habits of yours, you've got the complexion of a gravel pit.
Michael Lightcap:You know, Joseph, you're no oil painting yourself.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.68" (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
High Pressure And LoveSee more »

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36 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Funny, thoughtful, what more do you want?, 5 March 2000
Author: stills-6 from california

I don't understand why this movie isn't more popular or regarded as a classic in the canon of early Hollywood movies. All the stars are wonderful in their roles, but Ronald Coleman is fantastic as an ivory tower jurist who is forced to rethink his philosophy. Maybe Claude Rains could have played this part, but without the subtly sarcastic bemusement that Coleman brings.

Maybe because it can't be categorized definitely as a screwball comedy or a "serious" movie, it has been overlooked. I found it much funnier than "Bringing Up Baby" for example, even though "Talk" is a great deal more serious and introspective.

A lot of the suspense that might have been put into the story was bled out by the philosophical approach that the movie takes. Every potentially suspenseful situation that could have been played out for at least half of the movie is extinguished within fifteen minutes at the most. But that's part of the fun! It gets rolling, and you can't quite tell where it's going all of the time. Watching Cary Grant mug suavely and Jean Arthur speak like she's ad-libbing, you just have to sit back and enjoy it. It's not interested in manipulating its audience, it's actually trying to present real characters in a compelling story. I loved it!

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