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People Will Talk (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | September 1951 (USA)
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Dr. Noah Praetorius falls in love with Debra, a student who finds out that she is pregnant by her old boyfriend.

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz (written for the screen by), Curt Goetz (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Dr. Noah Praetorius
Jeanne Crain ... Deborah Higgins
Finlay Currie ... Shunderson
Hume Cronyn ... Prof. Rodney Elwell
Walter Slezak ... Prof. Barker
Sidney Blackmer ... Arthur Higgins
Basil Ruysdael ... Dean Lyman Brockwell
Katherine Locke ... Miss James
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Storyline

Successful and well-liked, Dr. Noah Praetorius becomes the victim of a witch hunt at the hands of Professor Elwell, who disdains Praetorius's unorthodox medical views and also questions his relationship with the mysterious, ever-present Mr. Shunderson. Fuel is added to the fire when Praetorius befriends young Deborah Higgins, who has become suicidal at the prospect of having a baby by her ex boyfriend, a military reservist who was called up for service in the Korean War and killed in action. Written by Kelly

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dr. Praetorius Story See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Last movie of Billy (William John) Mauch (before leaving acting). See more »

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Lighting equipment reflections can be seen on the car as Dr. Praetorius' Lincoln pulls into the porte-cochere of the clinic. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Noah Praetorius: Suppose I told you all. Could it affect our friendship?"
Professor Barker: Of course not.
Doctor Noah Praetorius: I'm glad to hear that. You know, it's not much to have a friend who knows all about you, but one who's a friend even though he's not quite sure... That's worth having.
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Connections

Version of Frauenarzt Dr. Prätorius (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Gaudeamus Igitur
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Heard as a theme at the opening and played by the orchestra as Praetorius conducts
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A witty, compassionate and literate treasure
18 January 1999 | by MissRosaSee all my reviews

This is very unique film. Superlatively written, it offers amusing dialog, social insight and enlightened views of science, women's issues, social mores, the nature of success, materialism and the urge to destroy what we cannot understand.

It is not boring, yet its main characters are doctors/composers, and professors. Though its setting is an elite clinic and a university, it is concerned with real people and their needs.

Cary Grant is at his warm, compassionate and wryly witty best.

His sidekick, so to speak, is the rumpled and likeable Walter Slezak. Hume Cronyn is superb as the little weasel who sets out to "investigate" i.e. slander and destroy the Cary Grant character. Sound familiar?

"People Will Talk" may be considered a comedy of manners of the 1950's and a companion piece to another, similarly-titled Cary Grant film, the lesser-known Frank Capra masterpiece "Talk of the Town." Both are intelligent, thought-provoking, and thoroughly entertaining Hollywood gems.

Don't forgot to check out the "typical farm family..." You'll recognize the narrow-minded, cliche-ridden, hypocritical patriarch of the clan...


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