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People Will Talk (1951)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  29 August 1951 (USA)
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Dr. Noah Praetorius falls in love with Debra, a student who finds out that she is pregnant by her old boyfriend.

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Dr. Noah Praetorius
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Deborah Higgins
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Shunderson
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Prof. Rodney Elwell
Walter Slezak ...
Prof. Barker
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Arthur Higgins
Basil Ruysdael ...
Dean Lyman Brockwell
Katherine Locke ...
Miss James
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Storyline

Successful and well-liked, Dr. Noah Praetorius becomes the victim of a witch hunt at the hands of Professor Elwell, who disdains Praetorius's unorthodox medical views and also questions his relationship with the mysterious, ever-present Mr. Shunderson. Fuel is added to the fire when Praetorius befriends young Deborah Higgins, who has become suicidal at the prospect of having a baby by her ex boyfriend, a military reservist who was called up for service in the Korean War and killed in action. Written by Kelly

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29 August 1951 (USA)  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 25, 1954 with Jeanne Crain and Cary Grant reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

At one point while Dr. Praetorius is waiting in Professor Elwell's classroom, a close-up insert shot of Shunderson is clearly printed backwards. See more »

Quotes

Professor Barker: Elwell, you can use more words more unpleasantly than any irritating little pipsqueak I've ever known!
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Remake of Frauenarzt Dr. Prätorius (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
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Music by Mildred J. Hill
Lyrics by Patty S. Hill
Played on the bass violin and sung by all
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Deep and Fully Entertaining
10 December 1998 | by (St. Louis) – See all my reviews

This is indeed a very well hidden film which should be up there with North By Northwest, Citizen Kane, and the like. For its time, People Will Talk took on the most controversial topics of the day (even of TODAY) including: abortion, unintended pregnancy, HUAC and McCarthy-style witch hunting, taxpayer-subsidized farming not to grow food ... and the list goes on. Perhaps most up front is the defending of American individualism that was then (and is perhaps more than ever now) under attack. All of this was presented very cleverly, often with wholesome comedy. A great film with top actors, writing and direction. Only the very ending is a bit soppy ... not the least of which is the dopey expression on Carey Grant's face of imbecilic ecstasy while conducting his university's orchestra. Otherwise, it was a nearly perfect film.


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