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talk of the town
- kevin sellers
It's not really a comedy of course for the main and simple reason that there are no moments of sustained hilarity and only a few of partial risibility, the fried egg portrait of the anarchist Dilg being my favorite. What we have instead are serious themes...the letter vs the spirit of the law, the nastiness of small town life, the clash between radicalism and conservatism...handled lightly, almost always a desirable dramatic direction in which to go and well handled this time by Irwin Shaw, Sidney Buchman and Dale Van Every's screenplay and George Stevens' direction. And there are some interesting oddities, such as the homoerotic feeling of Rex Ingram's African American valet for his boss that not only push the 30s racial envelope but provide a whole new manila folder. Throw in solid performances from the three leads, especially Jean Arthur, whose humanity shines through her bemused sexuality, and even more solid support from Ingram, Edgar Buchanan as a left wing, small town lawyer, and Glenda Farrell as a manicurist slash slut (whose request that Ronald Colman kiss her, given in that throaty, none too bright voice, manages to stir the blood) and you begin to see why this is one of those films that stay with you for at least a week or two, maybe longer. A minus.
One of the funniest movies I've seen, and still funny no matter how many times I've seen it. Jean Arthur is one of the funniest ladies I've enjoyed watching -- in ALL her movies. One of my favorite actresses -- and a beautiful one! She had such an outstanding timing. ROTFLOL. Watching this movie right now, and still laughing.
This film needs to be shown on TV more often... a favorite classic, with a timely theme in terms of this being an election year, etc. A fine example of Ronald Colman's acting and his velvet voice. Jean Arthur is brilliant in it too.
Still enjoying Talking
One of my favorite films. Solid comedy drama about the law, justice, friendship. Chemistry between the three leads is amazing...and Ms Arthur has some of her best comedy scenes: this is not your egg morning, her pajama scene with Coleman and her flustered responses to Coleman decking Grant. I can see why Stevens was Arthur's favorite director. He gets the rhythms of her unique talent. This film also gives insights into US life in 1942. Sweet room is my favorite film house. (Love Arthur's line, "Why does everything happen to me?")
talk of the town
Ten minutes of this movie? WHO wrote this stuff? Cary Grant escapes from a one man prison ? out the second story window, in hurricane force winds and rain, slogs his way across fields in the dark He gets to Jean Arthurs house, (woof) breaks in, only to be bonked on the staircase with a baseball bat by Jean, who runs into the kitchen gets a big pan of Yep, you guessed it WATER and throws it on a half drown out cold Cary. Here comes the funniest line yet. Oh! Why did you escape from prison? Sorry to say, I got called away, couldn't stay for the rest of this. But by jeeze the next time this movies on, Im glued to a chair. Carol Burnett, Harvey, Tim, Vicky where are you for this hoot? I cant wait to see the rest of this one.
I'll Have Borscht With An Egg-I must Be Dilg
Love this movie more with each viewing
Have repeatedly savored this film,having DVR'd it.Always thought Rex Ingram's character was "TonY" until close-captioning the movie one day.Looks like a pretty fresh scar on his head,too.I really enjoyed all the characters,including the blockhead of a judge.
This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I mean, the cast is just right. Jean and Cary just sort of click, and if Coleman had gotten the girl it just wouldn't have worked. But he didn't! And it did! So this movie is absolutely wonderful. Highly recommended!
Capraesque is right
The person who said this film was Capraesque was right on the money. Beyond the presence of Capra favorite, Jean Authur, there is a very Capra-like feel to it. The first time I watched it I had to look up the director because I was convinced that it was a Capra movie that I wasn't aware of. And that is far from a bad thing.The cast is amazing. Grant's character is somewhat darker than his usual characters but it's still vintage Grant. Arthur is great as always and Coleman plays the brilliant, but unworldly legal expert perfectly.
- Jeff Boston
Best Picture nominee "The Talk of the Town" (1942) was directed by legendary director George Stevens (Gunga Din, Giant, Shane, etc.), who essentially copied Frank Capra's winning formula (populist drama with cuddly comic relief, some politics thrown in, preachy but not overbearing, a character played by the very agreeable Jean Arthur, etc.) with this film. Ronald Colman performs well (sadly too refined for today's audiences, or should I say today's film producers?) and Cary Grant is the #1 movie star of all time for many reasons. Interesting insert: Colman's cloistered character, immersed in the theoretical, is asked to join the US Supreme Court before he displays any appreciation for the practical side of the law.
A terrific trio of talent!
- Mr. Blandings
Without a doubt this is the best film for each of the three principal actors involved - Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, and Ronald Colman. They are the perfect ingredients for a deliciously funny film about friendship and justice. The chemistry that these three have is absolutely brilliant, and must have been a director's dream. A masterpiece in filmmaking and acting. And watch for Tom (Captain Marvel) Tyler in a supporting role.
Eu adoro o Cary Grant e este filme um dos melhores que ele j fez . O elenco maravilhoso e o filme conta com um timo roteiro. O filme recebeu vrias indicaoes ao Oscar. Deveria ser exibido no TCM, porque o filme nota 10.
Political Prisoner? I don't think so
- Mark C
The brief synopsis got my attention with its description of Grant's charactor as a "political prisoner." While he was framed by someone because of his political beliefs, he was jailed for supposedly commiting a crime. The government didn't incarcerate him because he was a socialist or communist.Political prisoners are those who the powerful try to quash or belittle. The Hollywood glitteraty usually comes down on the side of the left. That prejudice usually results in just that kind of marginalization. While I'm used to it, I think a more accurate synopsis is called for.
The Talk of the Town (1942)
- Jay Higgins
A delightful comedy drama, what a wonderful cast. Jean Arthur is terrific. Well written, very fast pace, good supporting cast. It's very entertaining.
This Cast Clicks!
No point in reviewing the plot, the synopsis says it all, except to say this movie holds all the old sparkle that encompasses Black and White movies - which rewards us with an expectation fulfilled - the reason why we love them. The cast took a great little plot and fattened it up to a yummy dessert! Mmmmmmm!