The Talk of the Town (1942)

The Talk of the Town


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George Stevens' Talk of the Town is a quick-witted comedy driven by wonderful performances by Cary Grant, Ronald Colman and Jean Arthur. Michael Lightcap (Colman) is a stuffy law professor in line to a Supreme Court appointment, who is spending the summer at the house of schoolteacher Nora Shelley (Arthur). But Lightcap is not the only guest at the house. Shelley has also let Leopold Dilg (Grant)--a man who had recently escaped from prison, where he was serving a sentence for false accusations … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Irwin Shaw, Sidney Buchman, Sidney Harmon, Dale Van Every
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On DVD: Feb 25, 2003
Sony Pictures Entertainment


as Leopold Dilg

as Nora Shelley

as Michael Lightcap

as Sam Yates

as Regina Bush

as Andrew Holmes

as Mrs. Shelley

as Tilney

as Jan Pulaski

as Clyde Bracken

as Chief of Police

as Judge Grunstadt

as Sen. James Boyd

as District Attorney

as Forrester

as Moving Man

as Moving Man

as Desk Sergeant

as Western Union Boy

as Ball Player

as Usher

as Sergeant

as Sergeant

as Sergeant

as School Girl

as School Girl

as Detective

as Detective

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Mrs. Pulaski

as Cameraman

as Woman

as Waiter

as Western Union Boy

as Waiter

as Road Cop

as Headwaiter

as Operator

as Sergeant-at-Arms

as Doorkeeper

as Hound Keeper

as Secretary

as Desk Sergeant

as Workman

as Deputy Sheriff
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Critic Reviews for The Talk of the Town

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

An attractive serio-comic tale of civic corruption.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It may be off beam in its philosophy, but its quality of humor is not strained.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Overblown, too long, and not nearly as much fun as it's cracked up to be.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Though verbose, this darkly humorous film benefits from star power of Cary Grant in atypical role, some witty dialogue, and timely subject matter.

Full Review… | March 5, 2008

The acting by Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, and Ronald Colman is top-notch.

Full Review… | January 14, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The contrivance of plot is compensated by one of the most genial casts in history.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for The Talk of the Town

Another of my favourite Cary Grant movies, and Jean Arthur and Ronald Colman movies too. I guess you could just say it's one of my favourite movies! The story is both thrilling and hilarious. Plus, you learn a lot about politics and philosophy and things that people cared about in the forties. I highly recommend this movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Wonderfully funny even if it does have a very serious point. The three leads do an absolutely brilliant job in conveying a growing relationship and are perhaps one of the only believable and functional threesomes in cinema. The script doesn't drag itself down by having a rivalry breakout between the two males, making this very fresh. The ending goes on a bit even after the point has been made. Awesomely enjoyable stuff.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer


The triangle at the heart of this Capraesque film is contrived, Cary Grant is badly miscast and the script too often feels like a vehicle for soapbox sermonising. Despite these problems "Talk of the Town" manages to be likeable and entertaining, due in no small part to the wonderful performances of Ronald Colman and Jean Arthur.

Stephen M

Super Reviewer

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