The Talk of the Town
The Talk of the Town (1942)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1942
DVD Release Date: February 25, 2003
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Milne
Time Out

An attractive serio-comic tale of civic corruption.

Emanuel Levy

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

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Kent Turner

Part romantic triangle, part Capra-esque hokum, all coast on star power.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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

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TV Guide

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

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Effective, if peculiar, mixture of screwball comedy and political moralising.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
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… More
Walter M.
In "The Talk of the Town," Leopold Dilg(Cary Grant) is in jail, being accused of arson and murder. Facing an impossible trial and a possible death… More
Luke Baldock
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… More
John Ballantine
A great classic dramatic comedy. The aging Ronald Colman has to match wits with the youthful Cary Grant and Jean Arthur is in the middle of it all. Very well… More
Stephen M
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… More