The Talk of the Town

The Talk of the Town
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: February 25, 2003
  • Originally Released: 1942
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Stereo - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Selection
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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 15


User Ratings: 3,064
Rating: 4/4 -- The contrivance of plot is compensated by one of the most genial casts in history. Full Review
TV Guide
Nov 14, 2007
Overblown, too long, and not nearly as much fun as it's cracked up to be. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 1, 2000
Effective, if peculiar, mixture of screwball comedy and political moralising. Full Review
May 24, 2003
Rating: 5/5 -- Brilliantly directed, acted, scripted thought-provoking comedy
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Aug 21, 2002
The Talk of the Town (1942) is a classic romantic comedy/drama of the 1940s from producer/director George Stevens and Columbia Pictures. Full Review
AMC Filmsite
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: B -- Though verbose, this darkly humorous film benefits from star power of Cary Grant in atypical role, some witty dialogue, and timely subject matter. Full Review
Mar 5, 2008
Rating: 2.75/5 -- Part romantic triangle, part Capra-esque hokum, all coast on star power. Full Review
Feb 17, 2006

Product Description:

George Stevens' last film with Cary Grant represents yet another hit in his string of classic comedies. Grant stars as Leopold Dilg, a political activist who is wrongly indicted for arson and murder when a factory worker dies in a mill fire in the town of Sweetbrook. Believing that he'll be executed if he remains in jail, he escapes and breaks into a cottage that schoolteacher Nora Shelley (Jean Arthur) is preparing for Professor Michael Lightcap (Ronald Coleman), the dean of a law school. She allows Grant to stay in the attic, without alerting the professor. The next day, a reporter arrives to question Lightcap about Dilg's case, along with Sam Yates (Edgar Buchanan), Dilg's lawyer, who comes at Nora's behest. Since Yates and Lightcap know each other from law school, Yates asks Lightcap's help in defending his client, who he claims to have been framed. The professor refuses, intent on writing a legal treatise. Before Yates leaves, he persuades Nora to house Dilg, who she introduces to Lightcap as a gardener. Before long, the professor begins to realize that the gardener is well versed in the intricacies and inequities of the U.S. legal system. Stevens' entertaining romantic triangle, in which the atmosphere of legal debate is leavened by wit, and low comedy, is brilliantly played by all, especially an atypically dark and impulsive Grant. The director's characteristically deft touch with comic business is evident throughout the film.

Plot Synopsis:

In this Hollywood classic, a perky young woman comes to the aid of a factory worker being tried for arson and murder. Hilarity, mishap and romance ensue.


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  • UPC: 043396078093
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