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The Talk of the Town (1942)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

The Talk of the Town (1942)

In George Stevens' romantic screwball comedy:

  • the comedic situations of a trio of characters in a love triangle in a summer house rental
  • the scenes of schoolteacher Nora Shelley's (Jean Arthur) attempts to cover up and hide wrongly-convicted arsonist-fugitive and ex-boyfriend Leopold Dilg (Cary Grant) from law professor, Supreme Court nominee and fellow boarder Professor Michael Lightcap (Ronald Colman)
  • the explanation that his loud snoring was actually her adenoids, proposing that he was Joseph the gardener, and covering his picture in the paper with fried eggs
  • the trial scene when the mob threatened to take over
  • Lightcap's assistance to clear Dilg of his crime, defend his rights, and uncover a frame-up with a stirring speech: ("His (Dilg's) only crime was that he had courage and spoke his mind...This is your law and your finest possession. It makes you free men in a free country. Why have you come here to destroy it? If you know what's good for you, take those weapons home and burn them - and then think. Think of this country and of the law that makes it what it is...The law must be engraved in our hearts and practiced every minute, to the letter and spirit. It can't even exist unless we're willing to go down into the dust and blood and fight a battle every day of our lives to preserve it, for our neighbor as well as ourselves")
  • the ending scene in the long Supreme Court corridor in which Nora followed Leopold and finally got her man


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