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The Talk of the Town Details

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George Stevens' Talk of the Town is a quick-witted comedy driven by wonderful performances by Cary Grant, Ronald Colman and Jean Arthur. Michael Lightcap (Colman) is a stuffy law professor in line to a Supreme Court appointment, who is spending the summer at the house of schoolteacher Nora Shelley (Arthur). But Lightcap is not the only guest at the house. Shelley has also let Leopold Dilg (Grant)--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. Talk of the Town 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

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
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

Cast

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
Holger Bendixen
Joe McGuinn
as Jailer
Jack Gardner
as Cameraman
William Benedict
as Western Union Boy
Eddie Bruce
as Reporter
Bill Lally
Frank Sully
as Road Cop
Mabel Todd
as Operator
Roberta Smith
William Gould
as Sheriff
John Tyrrell
Patrick McVey
as Cop
Ralph Volkie
as Man
Edward Hearn
as Sergeant
Al Bridge
as Desk Sergeant
Gino Corrado
as Waiter
Lloyd Bridges
as Forrester
Al Ferguson
as Detective
Dewey Robinson
as Jake
Eddie Laughton
as Henry
Ralph Dunn
Bud Geary
Robert Keats
Clarence Muse
as Doorkeeper
John Shay
Eddie Coke
Dick Jensen
Ralph Peters
Lee Phelps
Lelah Tyler
as Woman
Ferike Boros
as Mrs. Pulaski
Lee Prather
as Sergeant-at-Arms
Jack Carr
as Usher
Maynard Holmes
as Vendor
Frank Mills
Max Wagner
as Moving Man
Georgia Backus

Crew

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