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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:
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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)
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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)
 
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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:
Jean Arthur was 41 when she made this film.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:
Featured in Sex and the City 2 (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Jive BomberSee more »

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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Living Justice, 19 April 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Talk of the Town puts visiting law professor Ronald Colman in a delicate situation. He's rented a cottage for some peace and quiet before going before a Senate committee dealing with his nomination to the Supreme Court. But things are anything, but peaceful in the town of Lorchester, Massachusetts.

The factory owned by Charles Dingle has burned down, arson is suspected and Cary Grant in an unusual working class role is the suspected arsonist. He's a man of radical opinions in the town so he's a convenient suspect. As the factory was the main employer in the town you can imagine that folks are crying for blood.

Which brings an escaped Cary to that same house that Jean Arthur has rented to Colman.

Though there are some amusing moments to be sure from all three of the stars, I find The Talk of the Town to be more serious than dramatic. Grant challenges Colman to come down out of the ivory tower he's been living in and apply his high minded principles to real life, if not necessarily his case.

When he does Colman does it with a vengeance and it brings down a whole lot of Lorchester's leading citizens.

Though Grant and Arthur are first billed, this film really belongs to Ronald Colman. His character is modeled I believe on a recent Harvard law professor who was also appointed to the Supreme Court, one Felix Frankfurter.

Of course what the impeccable English Ronald Colman playing WASP Michael Lightcap and a Viennese Jew have in common is not obvious at first. But before becoming mentor to a host of New Deal civil servants, Felix Frankfurter was not only a professor of law at Harvard, but concerned himself with a host of social issues. He was for instance, very prominent in the defense of Sacco and Vanzetti whose plight in the twenties is very similar to Cary Grant's. Like Colman's character Lightcap, Frankfurter was also known as a man of impeccable integrity, who even his worst enemies conceded. He could also be a bit too high minded at times and had to be brought to realize in his philosophy of judicial restraint, that the courts are and should be an instrument for progress and social change. His story would make an excellent film itself.

Although I can't see Felix Frankfurter putting the moves on beauty parlor owner Glenda Farrell to learn the truth about the arson. Farrell who graced many a Warner Brothers crime feature in the Thirties has the best of the supporting roles in The Talk of the Town. Also the ever unctuous Charles Dingle is wonderful as the very corrupting influence on the town itself.

Colman's final speech to the mob who are ready to lynch Cary Grant is a masterpiece, one of his best moments on screen. The words ought to be required reading and viewing for those who would dismantle our judicial system out of heated passion of the moment.

As a film that challenges folks to live up to the creed they espouse The Talk of the Town should not be missed.

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