Someone on Facebook recently mentioned People Will Talk was airing on TV. I mentioned it to my husband, who recorded it. Neither one of us was familiar with the film. A few weeks later, we sat down to watch and were more than pleasantly surprised.
It stars Cary Grant, Jeanne Crain, with Hume Cronyn and Walter Slezak along with and uncredited appearance by Margaret Hamilton in one of the early scenes. It’s billed as a romance/comedy/drama. All three categories are correct.
I didn’t realize the complexity of the movie until after I watched it. The plot lines are so finely woven together the stories make complete sense. One plotline involves a doctor (Hume Cronyn) trying to discredit another doctor (Cary Grant). Another is the romance Cary Grant carries on with an unwed mother.
You read that correctly. This movie was released in 1951, after the Hayes Code was put in place. An unpunished heroine unwed mother? Even the family of director Joseph Mankiewicz aren’t sure how he slipped that one past the review board.
There are several laugh-out-loud moments. The romance is delightful. There is political intrigue and honor.