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The Talk of the Town 1942 123movies

The Talk of the Town 1942 123movies

Screen comedy so gay... drama so thrilling... love so exciting, it will be the talk of YOUR town!Aug. 20, 1942118 Min.
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#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In suburban Lochester, New England, three people end up living together in high school teacher Nora Shelley’s rental house. The first is her new tenant, renowned Harvard law professor Michael Lightcap, who has rented the house for the summer while he writes his new book. The second is Nora herself. Despite having an auspicious first meeting, Lightcap hires Nora to be his live-in cook and secretary for a week until his manservant Tilney arrives. The third is Joseph, the property’s gardener, who is currently laid up with a sprained ankle. In reality, Joseph is Nora’s childhood friend Leopold Dilg, who has just escaped from prison. Leopold was being tried for the arson of the factory where he worked, and for murder for the death of the factory foreman Clyde Bracken, whose body was never recovered but who is assumed to have died in the fire. Despite the danger to herself, Nora hides Leopold since she believes his story that although he, as an activist, did speak out about the dangerous conditions at the factory, he did not set the fire, which he assumes was done by the factory’s owner, Andrew Holmes, to collect the insurance money, all the while having Leopold as a scapegoat. Nora campaigned to get the job with Lightcap if only to be able to better hide Leopold in the house. Leopold escaped if only because he knew he would not get a fair trial due to the rabble rousing being conducted by Holmes against him. Lightcap and who he knows as Joseph end up getting along famously, although activist Leopold believes Lightcap’s view of the law is too clinical for him truly to be a great lawyer or great judge, those thoughts arising if only because Nora and Leopold learn clandestinely that Lightcap is being appointed to the Supreme Court. Nora, Leopold and Leopold’s lawyer, Sam Yates, try to get Lightcap involved in helping Leopold by showing him that Leopold indeed will not get a fair trial. In the process, Lightcap may in turn show Leopold and Nora that his current way of thinking has much merit.
Plot: When the Holmes Woolen Mill burns down, political activist Leopold Dilg is jailed for arson and accidental murder. Escaping, Leopold hides out in the home of his childhood sweetheart Nora Shelley… which she has just rented to unsuspecting law professor Michael Lightcap.
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An uneven story salvaged by three resourceful actors
Social commentary either elevates the value of a film or bogs it down, and with comedies it is generally the latter. “The Talk of the Town” is no exception; while it is a fun film that has much to admire, the pretensions of the film-makers often get in the way of what could have been a masterpiece of comic suspense. The tone becomes almost unbearably preachy at times, and some of the monologues on `justice’ and the `pursuit of truth’ are excruciating on the ears. Thankfully, the good people at Columbia hired just the right people to star.

The specific political stances of Leopold Dilg are never made clear; we’re just supposed to accept the idea that he’s a good guy who is put down by a corrupt system. Fortunately, Cary Grant uses his remarkable charm and talent to turn in a performance that allows us to sympathize with a character whose background is far too vague. Likewise, Jean Arthur and Ronald Colman are able to invest interest in characters that might otherwise have come off two-dimensionally. The charisma of the three leads fuels a love triangle that does a far better job of moving the story forward than any “serious message” that the film-makers were trying to impart to the audience. Grant, Arthur, and Colman are rightfully remembered as three of cinema’s finest actors, but they deserve special credit for adding some much-needed pizzazz to this movie.

All in all, “The Talk of the Town” is a rambling, misguided movie saved by smart casting and disciplined acting, not to mention more than a few laughs. It is a classic example of skilled performers triumphing over flawed material.

Review By: Oblomov_81 Rating: 7 Date: 2003-02-19
Cary Grant Switches Personae.
Grant is a political activist, Leopold Dilg, who is framed for arson and for the death of a man supposedly burned to death. He hides out in the farmhouse of a friend, Jean Arthur, but Arthur has rented the house for the summer to stern judge Ronald Colman, who wants peace and quiet so he can write his book. He’s also hoping for an appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Arthur introduces Grant as the gardener. Coleman soon finds that Grant is a most peculiar gardener. He cultivates some pretty unorthodox views of the law, promoting its spirit, whatever its letter. Also he’s able to beat Coleman at chess.

Coleman finally discovers Grant’s real identity and is determined to turn him in but before he can do so, Grant knocks him out and escapes. Coming to, Coleman thinks things over and realizes there is no real evidence against Grant except an oddly self-absorbed hair dresser who was the girl friend of the supposedly barbecued victim. Coleman pursues his own investigation. Things get hectic before they end happily.

Jean Arthur winds up in the arms of Cary Grant, while Coleman dons his black robe and sits behind his massive bench, entirely satisfied with the way things turned out. I’d have given Jean Arthur to Ronald Coleman, who seems more devoted to her than Grant is. It would be better for everyone concerned. Coleman is older and Arthur would provide him with contentment for the rest of his life, after which she’d become terribly rich. Grant, on the other hand, is a wisecracking malcontent whose middle name is Trouble. On top of that, he’s named Leopold Dilg. That means she would have to become Mrs. Dilg. And on top of THAT, Cary Grant always gets the girl. Let’s give her to Coleman this time. She’d make a nice addition to his library.

I didn’t find it as satisfying as some other viewers. The blend of romance, comedy, and drama was a little uneasy. Grant had a tendency at this point in his career of branching out into serious roles, often in message movies, in which he challenged his usual handsomely carefree film persona. “Penny Serenade,” for instance. They were generally failures and Grant went back to doing what he did best by the late 40s.

Never again would he be a character named Leopold Dilg or Ernie Mott or something.


Review By: rmax304823 Rating: 6 Date: 2010-04-26

Other Information:

Original Title The Talk of the Town
Release Date 1942-08-20
Release Year 1942

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 58 min (118 min)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated Approved
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director George Stevens
Writer Irwin Shaw, Sidney Buchman, Dale Van Every
Actors Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 7 Oscars. 7 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Camera N/A
Laboratory N/A
Film Length 3,249.47 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

The Talk of the Town 1942 123movies
The Talk of the Town 1942 123movies
The Talk of the Town 1942 123movies
Original title The Talk of the Town
TMDb Rating 7.3 63 votes

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