The Talk of the Town Reviews
"The Talk of the Town" is an enjoyable comedy about a serious subject that is handled well by its very talented cast, even the more improbable parts of the story. Considering how badly activists have been treated in the movies over the years, it is refreshing to have one in Leopold who is so likable.(Well, yes, I know he is played by Cary Grant but at this point, his persona was not frozen in stone, yet.) I also did not realize how rare beards were at the time which is another detail of how brave this movie was. That fits in well with the movie being so much on the side of advocacy and individualism, showing clearly how politics can change people for the better.
Jean Arthur is cute as the object of two very different men's affections, with Grant's falsely accused criminal character competing with a law professor on the verge of being nominated for the Supreme Court.
Fun film, well worth a look.
It's interesting watching Coleman and Grant act together. I can never wrap my head around it however they work together well. The characters are fairly balanced with Jean Arthur who's style works with either one of the two but foe both, had to be tone down a bit. The film was directed by George Stevens. the mere fact of getting combination of actors to pull this off is a testament to his work.
Besides your run of the mill character actors in this film, you can see a young Lloyd Bridges in a bit part.
Cary Grant, however, [i]is[/i] that attractive, less nice and less smart, but way funnier and more . . . understanding, I think, is the word we want to use here. Also, no cherished retainer at his side at all times, and that tends to be awkward in bed.
One wonders, while watching this, what evidence they presented that Cary Grant to even make him a suspect for longer than five minutes. I mean, yeah, he sounds like someone the police would look into, but they never mention any actual evidence except that he's a malcontent. Granted, this is a crooked town that only seems to have one judge, but there's no way Cary Grant actually would've been executed. After all, very few crooked mill owners bother owning appeals courts.
One also gets the feeling that the script writers don't really want us asking this question, despite presenting us with a character who's actually educated enough about law to even be shortlisted for the Supremem Court. Certainly he never asks. True, he makes a big fuss about not wanting to be dragging into the case, but once he is, shouldn't he want to know? He of all people should know that people's apparent personalities can be deceptive.
Cary Grant does get one thing absolutely right, however. It does sound utterly ludicrous to whisper the word "Leopold" in any sort of passionate way.