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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Complete credited cast:
Deborah Higgins
Prof. Rodney Elwell
Walter Slezak ...
Prof. Barker
Arthur Higgins
Basil Ruysdael ...
Dean Lyman Brockwell
Katherine Locke ...
Miss James


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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1.37 : 1
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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 »


At the Higgin's farmhouse: Bella the cook is shown alternately from two different camera angles. From one camera angle we see her with her hands at her sides, yet from the other camera angle, we see her with her hands planted squarely on her hips. See more »


Doctor Noah Praetorius: And whose fault is it my fine atomic friend. You can't go around smashing everything you see, you know. Everything isn't atoms!
Professor Barker: Yes it is!
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Remake of Frauenarzt Dr. Prätorius (1950) See more »


Happy Birthday to You
Music by Mildred J. Hill
Lyrics by Patty S. Hill
Played on the bass violin and sung by all
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A witty, compassionate and literate treasure
18 January 1999 | by (Durham, NC) – See all my reviews

This is very unique film. Superlatively written, it offers amusing dialog, social insight and enlightened views of science, women's issues, social mores, the nature of success, materialism and the urge to destroy what we cannot understand.

It is not boring, yet its main characters are doctors/composers, and professors. Though its setting is an elite clinic and a university, it is concerned with real people and their needs.

Cary Grant is at his warm, compassionate and wryly witty best.

His sidekick, so to speak, is the rumpled and likeable Walter Slezak. Hume Cronyn is superb as the little weasel who sets out to "investigate" i.e. slander and destroy the Cary Grant character. Sound familiar?

"People Will Talk" may be considered a comedy of manners of the 1950's and a companion piece to another, similarly-titled Cary Grant film, the lesser-known Frank Capra masterpiece "Talk of the Town." Both are intelligent, thought-provoking, and thoroughly entertaining Hollywood gems.

Don't forgot to check out the "typical farm family..." You'll recognize the narrow-minded, cliche-ridden, hypocritical patriarch of the clan...

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