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The Talk of the Town Details


[[Performer~P118815~George Stevens~georgestevens]]' [[Feature~V134886~Talk of the Town~stadtgespräch]] is a quick-witted comedy driven by wonderful performances by [[Performer~P28204~Cary Grant~carygrant]], [[Performer~P14296~Ronald Colman~ronaldcolman]] and [[Performer~P2459~Jean Arthur~jeanarthur]]. Michael Lightcap ([[Performer~P14296~Colman~ronaldcolman]]) is a stuffy law professor in line to a Supreme Court appointment, who is spending the summer at the house of schoolteacher Nora Shelley ([[Performer~P2459~Arthur~jeanarthur]]). But Lightcap is not the only guest at the house. Shelley has also let Leopold Dilg ([[Performer~P28204~Grant~carygrant]])--a man who had recently escaped from prison, where he was serving a sentence for false accusations of immolating a local factory--stay at the house, telling Lightcap that he is a gardener. In addition to striking up a friendship, Lightcap and Dilg also compete for the affections of Shelley. Eventually, the professor learns of Dilg's true identity, finding out that Leopold was framed by a crooked government, led by the foreman of the factory, who supposedly died in the fire. When Dilg is captured by the police, Lightcap comes to his defense, bringing the still-alive foreman out of hiding and, in the process, clearing Leopold of all the charges. [[Feature~V134886~Talk of the Town~stadtgespräch]] received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Original Story, Best Score, Best Editing, and Best Interior Decoration, yet it lost in all of the categories. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

  • Release date:August 27, 1942


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Otto Meyer Best Editing 1942 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rudolph Sternad Best Black and White Art Direction 1942 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sidney Harmon Best Original Story 1942 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ted Tetzlaff Best Black and White Cinematography 1942 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frederick Hollander Best Score - Drama or Comedy 1942 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sidney Buchman Best Screenplay 1942 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Morris W. Stoloff Best Score - Drama or Comedy 1942 Nominee


Cary Grant
as Leopold Dilg
Jean Arthur
as Nora Shelley
Ronald Colman
as Michael Lightcap
Edgar Buchanan
as Sam Yates
Glenda Farrell
as Regina Bush
Charles Dingle
as Andrew Holmes
Emma Dunn
as Mrs. Shelley
Leonid Kinskey
as Jan Pulaski
Tom Tyler
as Clyde Bracken
Don Beddoe
as Chief of Police
Clyde Fillmore
as Sen. James Boyd
Frank M. Thomas
as District Attorney
Eddie Laughton
as Henry
William Gould
as Sheriff
Al Bridge
as Desk Sergeant
Al Ferguson
as Detective
Bud Geary
Dewey Robinson
as Jake
Dick Jensen
Eddie Bruce
as Reporter
Eddie Coke
Edward Hearn
as Sergeant
Ferike Boros
as Mrs. Pulaski
Frank Sully
as Road Cop
Georgia Backus
Gino Corrado
as Waiter
Bill Lally
Clarence Muse
as Doorkeeper
Jack Gardner
as Cameraman
Frank Mills
William Benedict
as Western Union Boy
Holger Bendixen
Jack Carr
as Usher
Joe McGuinn
as Jailer
John Shay
John Tyrrell
Lee Phelps
Lee Prather
as Sergeant-at-Arms
Lelah Tyler
as Woman
Lloyd Bridges
as Forrester
Mabel Todd
as Operator
Max Wagner
as Moving Man
Maynard Holmes
as Vendor
Patrick McVey
as Cop
Ralph Dunn
Ralph Peters
Ralph Volkie
as Man
Robert Keats
Roberta Smith


George Stevens
George Stevens
Sidney Harmon
Sidney Buchman
Ted Tetzlaff
Frederick Hollander
Composer (Music Score)
Morris W. Stoloff
Composer (Music Score)
Morris W. Stoloff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Otto Meyer
Rudolph Sternad
Art Director
Fred Guiol
Associate Producer
Costume Designer