People Will Talk


And don't they just - - this being, after all, a Joe Mankiewicz movie, stuffed to the gills with urbane banter. Following his Oscar-laden triumph All About Eve, Mank chose to adapt a 1933 German stage play, Doktor Praetorius, and cast Cary Grant as the unorthodox college medical prof who also runs a successful private clinic and moonlights as an orchestral conductor. Strains credibility? You ain't heard nothing yet. This '50s opus also features the doc's faithful companion (a granite Finlay Currie) who turns out to have been convicted twice for the same murder, a pregnant and husbandless young student (Jeanne Crain, teeth-gratingly winsome) whom Grant marries to prevent her killing herself and a malicious academic colleague (Hume Cronyn) plotting the doc's downfall because, well, just because really. It's alleged to be a sly dig at the McCarthyite witch-hunts of the period, but it hardly sustains that or any other purpose. Still, Grant's as watchable as ever.

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: July 1st 2005

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