The Talk of the Town
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The Talk of the Town
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 of immolating a local factory--stay at the house, telling Lightcap that he is a gardener. In… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An attractive serio-comic tale of civic corruption."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Though verbose, this darkly humorous film benefits from star power of Cary Grant in atypical role, some witty dialogue, and timely subject matter."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Part romantic triangle, part Capra-esque hokum, all coast on star power."
‑ Kent Turner,
"Brilliantly directed, acted, scripted thought-provoking comedy"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It may be off beam in its philosophy, but its quality of humor is not strained."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The acting by Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, and Ronald Colman is top-notch."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"In addition to its status as one of the great screen comedies, the film is a treasure trove of homosexual undercurrents, many of which aren't all that disguised."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"The Talk of the Town (1942) is a classic romantic comedy/drama of the 1940s from producer/director George Stevens and Columbia Pictures."
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"Overblown, too long, and not nearly as much fun as it's cracked up to be."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The contrivance of plot is compensated by one of the most genial casts in history."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Effective, if peculiar, mixture of screwball comedy and political moralising."
‑ , Film4
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