The Talk of the Town (1942)

It Will Be the Talk of YOUR Town! 

The Talk of the Town is a surprisingly fun, and funny, movie! I don't know why it surprised me, certainly Jean Arthur and Cary Grant had great comedy resumes. Nonetheless it was such a pleasant surprise.

A human side to law

Here's a little synopsis from Leonard Maltin on TCM, "fugitive Grant hides out with unsuspecting professor Colman and landlady Arthur, and tries to convince legal-minded Colman there's a human side to all laws."  Doesn't sound particularly funny but - see for yourself!  You won't regret it!

Casual in bewilderment

Whenever I can I like to include some information from a contemporary critic's review. Seems like a lot of times it's by Bosley Crowther of the New York Times, and this is another such time. Crowther wrote, "Cary Grant plays Leopold Dilg with a casualness which is slightly disturbing, but Ronald Colman as the bearded professor is 100 per cent Harvard Law. (Cultured, that is.) Miss Arthur is charming, as usual, in her bewilderment ... "The Talk of the Town" is going to make a lot of people laugh and feel good. It may be off beam in its philosophy, but its quality of humor is not strained." And I agree!

Leopold Dilg: What is the law? It's a gun pointed at somebody's head. All depends upon which end of the gun you stand, whether the law is just or not.

Most excellent!

WATCH IT AGAIN: Definitely!

DO I WANT TO OWN IT?:  If there wasn't widespread digital availability, I definitely would!

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