USA Today - 01/09/2004
"In one of his most assured performances, the debonair one, Cary Grant, plays a college medical professor..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
People Will Talk is a "brilliant comedy" (Ashville Mountain Xpress) that also possesses a rare and engaging poignancy. Screen legend Cary Grant stars as Dr. Noah Praetorius, a lovable professor and head of a medical clinic who becomes the subject of a McCarthy-style investigation initiated by a jealous colleague (Hume Cronyn). Along the way, Praetorius befriends and ultimately marries a young woman who attempts suicide when she discovers she is pregnant. But as the witch-hunt into the good doctor's personal life progresses, so do the laughs in this well-crafted, all-star treasure that should be part of every film lover's collection of classics.
A lovely movie featuring Cary Grant in one of his more inscrutable roles as an angel of mercy to the sick, recalling his work in THE BISHOP'S WIFE. PEOPLE WILL TALK focuses on Dr. Praetorius, a nontraditional doctor whose patients and medical students love him, while his success spurs the jealousy of fellow doctors, including teaching rival Shunderson. Content with his life, the doctor is thrown a curve ball when a beautiful but unmarried mother-to-be confirms her pregnancy at his clinic, then tries to shoot herself to avoid shaming her father. Taking unconventional healing a step farther, Praetorius marries her; their happiness is disrupted when Shunderson's mysterious past is brought into the light, perhaps to topple Praetorius's reputation and career. Weaving in the theme that doctors should treat the whole person, not only the disease, PEOPLE WILL TALK graces the pantheon of comic, romantic dramas; it is based on the play DR. PRAETORIUS, by Curt Goetz.
People will talk about anything unusual, and people love to talk about Dr. Praetorius (Cary Grant), whether they are his medical students exclaiming over his teaching techniques, his women patients swooning over him, or a jealous teaching rival spreading terrible rumors. A firm believer in making people well in both body and spirit, Dr. Praetorius will try any means, traditional or not, to fix his patients. But when the doctor encounters lovely, unwed, and pregnant Deborah, he takes his theories one step further in this comic romantic drama directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
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The film is based on the play DR. PRAETORIUS by Curt Goetz.