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People Will Talk (1951)

Approved | | 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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Deborah Higgins
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Shunderson
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Dean Lyman Brockwell
Katherine Locke ...
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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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In early pre-production, Jeanne Crain campaigned for the female lead, but the role went to Anne Baxter. When Baxter had to forfeit due to approaching motherhood, Crain's wishes were granted. See more »

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The "cadaver" is clearly not a cadaver, because prior to dissection, cadavers are embalmed -- a process which renders the body decidedly un-lifelike -- and presented for dissection in a supine position. See more »

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Miss Sarah Pickett - Housekeeper: If I come in does the door get closed?
Prof. Rodney Elwell: Naturally.
Miss Sarah Pickett - Housekeeper: Then I don't come in.
Prof. Rodney Elwell: Why not?
Miss Sarah Pickett - Housekeeper: You know why not, you're grown up.
Prof. Rodney Elwell: My dear Mrs. Pickett.
Miss Sarah Pickett - Housekeeper: Miss Pickett and don't butter me up.
Prof. Rodney Elwell: I have conducted my affairs behind closed doors for 20 years.
Miss Sarah Pickett - Housekeeper: Not with me.
Prof. Rodney Elwell: You overestimate both of us.
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Marvelous People, Splendid Talk
2 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

How many movies had a score by Brahms? 'People Will Talk' features his Academic Festival Overture, which is the only example of cheerful grandeur I can think of in serious music. Mankewicz knew what he was doing, because this is a cheerfully grand movie. While his 'Letter to three wives' and 'All About Eve' are more famous, this one is my favorite.

For one thing, Cary Grant has never been more attractive, for Dr. Praetorious is a good and humane doctor. "I don't cure illness, I make sick people well." If the notion that a woman bearing a child out of wedlock is a disgrace has gone, the theme of the mediocre witch-hunting the brilliant is timeless.

The phrase 'beloved character actor' could have been invented for Finlay Currie, but you've got to be able to use it for Walter Slezak - at least in this movie. (See "Lifeboat")

If you spend two hours with these people, you'll hear some very splendid talk, and you'll feel both warmed and civilized. How many of today's movies do that?


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