90 Days of Oscar Nominees #32 – The Talk of the Town (1942)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 32nd review of the 90 chosen Films…

“I don’t approve of, but I like people who think in terms of ideal conditions. They’re the dreamers, poets, tragic figures in this world, but interesting.” – Leopold

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – An escaped convict and a law professor both try to win the heart of a well meaning young women.

My Take on it – This is yet another film on the list of Best Picture nominees that I had never heard of beforehand and they do a wonderful job with this one.

The three main characters are all great to watch and we learn so much about their motives and real character based largely on what they d instead of what is perceived of them.

Cary Grant, Jean Arthur and Ronald Colman are all great in these roles and give us so much to ponder as the story moves along.

The premise itself is quite fascinating and original and works on so many levels.

The dialogue is superbly written and we get to watch some great verbal debates between the characters about philosophy, law and of course love.

Bottom Line – Such a great premise that works so well. The 3 leads are all perfect for these roles and we learn so much about the character of these characters based solely on their actions. The dialogue is superbly written and they give us some great debates on philosophy, law and of course love. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ronald Colman’s character, Professor Michael Lightcap, receives a fair amount of ribbing and criticism from the townspeople of Lochester for his facial hair. His beard even becomes a symbol of his own cold detachment for his secretary and love interest, Nora Shelley. Lightcap’s decision to shave his beard serves as an important piece of character development in the film. Coincidentally, Colman was also well known for his own facial hair, and insisted on keeping his trademark mustache for most of his films. Much like this character in this film, Colman was forced to begrudgingly shave his beloved facial hair for some of his most famous roles, including that of Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities (1935). (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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