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People Will Talk (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | September 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:
... Dr. Noah Praetorius
... Deborah Higgins
... Shunderson
... Prof. Rodney Elwell
... Prof. Barker
... Arthur Higgins
... Dean Lyman Brockwell
Katherine Locke ... Miss James
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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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It's amazing that Margaret Hamilton's Sarah Pickett was uncredited since her supporting part was substantial at the beginning of the film. See more »

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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 »

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Doctor Noah Praetorius: Professor Elwell, you are the only man I know who can say 'malignant' the way other people say 'Bingo!'.
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Version of Dr. med. Hiob Praetorius (1958) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
(uncredited)
Music by Mildred J. Hill
Lyrics by Patty S. Hill
Played on the bass violin and sung by all
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Unconventional film gets better with each viewing
14 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

This gem just isn't given enough play. Actually, given the power of the forces it takes to task, it is a small miracle it even got made. In tackling the project, Mank riddled the medical profession, with a not too subtle sidetrip to take on McCarthyism.

Cary Grant is more smooth and relaxed than usual, and actually seems to be enjoying the role. Jeanne Crain tackles a difficult (and not too well written, alas) part, and Walter Slezak does a nice turn as a collegue and crony of Grant's. Hume Cronyn is despicable as the jealous and zealous pracitioner, prosecutor and persecutor.

This film didn't do well initially, but is now developing a cult following. It is one of those rare movies that gets better with each viewing.


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