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People Will Talk (29-Aug-1951)

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Writer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

From a play: Dr. Praetorius by Curt Goetz

Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck

Keywords: Romantic Comedy, Pregnancy

Dr. Noah Praetorius teaches a medical class at university; one of his students, Debra faints from an unexpected pregnancy and later attempts suicide. She and Praetorius fall in love and get married; another physician, Prof. Elwell, will use any means to discredit Praetorius. And there is Mr. Shunderson, whose presence is difficult to explain. Ineptly adapted from a German stage play, but still retaining considerable merit.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Sidney Blackmer
13-Jul-1895 5-Oct-1973 Played Theodore Roosevelt 12 times
Jeanne Crain
25-May-1925 14-Dec-2003 20th Century Fox studio actress
Hume Cronyn
18-Jul-1911 15-Jun-2003 Cocoon
Finlay Currie
20-Jan-1878 9-May-1968 Great Expectations
Cary Grant
18-Jan-1904 29-Nov-1986 North by Northwest
Basil Ruysdael
24-Jul-1888 10-Oct-1960 The Cocoanuts
Walter Slezak
3-May-1902 21-Apr-1983 Hitchcock's Lifeboat


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


Review by Jo B (posted on 26-Feb-2005)

I absolutely loved this movie and regret that it hasn't been given its due in recent times by AMC and TCM. Cary Grant reportedly didn't care for the movie himself, but I think that he underestimated its worth. The premise of the movie, which might be considered one of its faults, is that a doctor, who used to be a butcher in Goose Creek so that he could practice the kind of medicine he believed in, would marry a pregnant patient of his who had attempted suicide. The movie is fun, the acting is vibrant (Cary Grant, Walter Slezak, Jeanne Crain, Sidney Blackmer, and Finlay Currie) and the villain, played by Hume Cronyn, is fun to hate.

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