The Whole Town's Talking


The Whole Town's Talking

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Edward G. Robinson plays a meek hardware clerk who is the dead ringer for a notorious gangster boss. To avoid arresting the wrong man, the police give the "nice" Robinson a written passport -- which the "bad" Robinson appropriates to commit his crimes without interference.

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Edward G. Robinson
as Arthur Ferguson Jones
Jean Arthur
as Miss Clark
Arthur Hohl
as Det. Sgt. Boyle
A.S. Byron
as DA Spencer
Arthur Byron
as Mr. Spencer
Paul Harvey
as J.G. Carpenter
Edward S. Brophy
as "Slugs" Martin
James Donlan
as Det. Sgt. Pat Howe
Effie Ellsler
as Aunt Agatha
Robert Emmett O'Connor
as Police Lt. Mac
John Wray
as Mannion's Henchman
Joe Sawyer
as Mannion's Henchman
Virginia Pine
as Seaver's Private Secretary
Cornelius Keefe
as Radio Man
Francis Ford
as Reporter at Dock
Ben Taggart
as Traffic Cop
Walter Long
as Convict
Mary Gordon
as Landlady
Bess Flowers
as Secretary
Robert E. O'Connor
as Police Lt. Mac
Grace Hayle
as Sob Sister
Al Hill
as Gangster
Sam Flint
as City Official
Emmett Vogan
as Reporter
Clarence Wilson
as President of the Chamber of Commerce
Philip Morris
as Detective
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Critic Reviews for The Whole Town's Talking

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Audience Reviews for The Whole Town's Talking

  • Sep 24, 2010
    Far-fetched case of mistaken identity takes much too long to get moving, finally catching a spark when meek clerk Edward G. Robinson encounters ruthless gangster Edward G. Robinson! Gets better as it goes along even though mouthy wisegal Jean Arthur is underused.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2010
    I saw this on TV, it was such a great movie, I'm glad they only had one or two commercial breaks. Robinson and Arthur are fantastic in this movie. It's funny and exciting. I highly recommend it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2008
    The set up is wonderful, like something out of a Shakespeare comedy. Unfortunately the film only focuses on one of the two identical men. It makes the confusion more frustrating than funny. Robinson is excellent in both roles and Jean Arthur is fantastic as one down right sassy broad. The direction seems rather off at times. There's no tension between Jones and Mannion and some scenes stay focussed on a particular character when they should really cut away for a reaction shot. I know this isn't a typical Ford film and it shows. The ridiculous circumstances under which Jones achieves fame are still relevant today and show that he has to actually accomplish something to be a real hero.
    Luke B Super Reviewer

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