Monday, May 10, 2010

Ronald Colman's character is a better Supreme Court Nominee

The Talk of the Town (1942) More at IMDbPro »

A Love Triangle involving Three Intellectuals, 20 October 2003 
Author: smithy-8 from New Jersey

This movie, "The Talk of the Town" is George Steven's only serious comedy. He copies Frank Capra's theme of the common man against big business and big government and he makes a home run. The casting was superb from the three leads to all the supporting cast in the smallest of roles.

When the Holmes Woolen Mill burns down, political activist Leopold Dilg is jailed for arson (and murder; one man was lost). Escaping, Leopold hides out in the home of his childhood sweetheart Nora Shelley ...which she has just rented to unsuspecting law professor Michael Lightcap. As Lightcap's unwelcome guests, Nora and Leopold drag the professor, willy-nilly, from pure legal theory to impure legal practice. Blends comedy, thriller, philosophy, mystery and romance. Written by Rod Crawford <>

When accused arsonist Leopold Dilg escapes jail, he hides out in the home of old friend (and sweetheart) Nora. Nora happens to be renting a farmhouse to Supreme Court candidate Michael Lightcap, but she lets Dilg hide in the attic while Lightcap gets settled. The next day, she introduces Dilg as the gardener. In conversation, though, Lightcap realizes that the gardener has a lot to say about the law! Nora and Dilg team up to convince him that Dilg was framed. The three dodge the cops, try to capture the real crooks, and discover that both men have fallen for Nora. Two different endings were filmed, one in which Nora gives her heart to Dilg, the other in which she leaves with Lightcap. Guess which one remains the classic comic conclusion. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <>


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