Tuesday, August 22, 2017


 


... PEOPLE WILL TALK (1951) ...

Cary Grant, Jeanne Crain, 
Walter Slezak, Hume Cronyn,
Margaret Hamilton

If you take two hours, open your mind, listen with curiosity, and follow your heart, this movie will teach you more about the nature of Love, the significance of Christ, the meaning of Life and how it should be lived than most of the dreary sermons, religious tracts, academic discussions of Theology, and turgid rancorous philsophical tomes put together.






JUST DO IT 

IT WILL bE WELL WORTH YOUR TIME, I PROMISE.


WARNING:
Comments that show no sign of ever having watched the movie or awareness of its positive value will, of course, be summarily deleted on contact.

16 comments:

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    Comments that show no sign of ever having watched the movie or awareness of its positive value will, of course, be summarily deleted on contact.

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  2. Pedantic, moralistic crap. A waste of celluloid. If you want excitement, go see what French cinema was doing at the time.

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    1. Whether you really are the malignant mallard or not is of no importance. Whoever you are, you have captured perfectly the rancid approach to living that typifies the captious, destructive, malicious, wholly negative spirit that motivates the iconoclastic Left –– merchants of misery and and mendacity all.

      In fact you embody the very thing Dr. Praetorious sought to neutralize in his highly unorthodox, but enormously successful practice.

      You are essentially like Dr. Praetorius's bilious, small-minded, perennially troublemaking antagonist brilliantly portrayed by Hume Cronyn in the film.

      ];^}>

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    2. I only post as "Ducky's here", FreeThinke and I assure you I would not have made the error of my impersonator not knowing that the French cinema was somewhat moribund in the early 50's and digesting Italian neorealism.


      That said, most of Mankiewicz's work was well worth a look.

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    3. As always, Canardo, your remarks are all about YOU. IF you had read my response to that fellow, whoever he was, you would have realized that I was aware that HE was not THEE. However, regardless of trivial inaccuracies in academic data he was EXACTLY RIGHT in his satirical emulation of your disposition and character.

      FOR THE RECORD, SINCE NO ONE BOTHERS TO R_E_A_D THESE DAYS, Here is my initial statement AGAIN:

      Whether you really are the malignant mallard or not is of no importance. Whoever you are, you have captured perfectly the rancid approach to living that typifies the captious, destructive, malicious, wholly negative spirit that motivates the iconoclastic Left –– merchants of misery and mendacity all.

      In fact you embody the very thing Dr. Praetorious sought to neutralize in his highly unorthodox, but enormously successful practice.

      You are essentially like Dr. Praetorius's bilious, small-minded, perennially troublemaking antagonist brilliantly portrayed by Hume Cronyn in the film.


      Now that more than emogh either FROM, TO, or ABOUT YOU.

      WE are simply NOT INTERESTED in YOU. PERIOD!

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    4. "Malignant Mallard" That's a good one.

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    5. I should have said Malignant, Mendacious, Malevolent Mallard Malcont to be more accurate.

      However, that would have been gilding the lily a bit too much, njcht wahr? After all redundancy is considered a Cardinal Sin in the creative writing field however tempting it may be.

      The Joy of applying venomous verbiage when warranted never pales!

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  3. If you take two hours, open your mind, listen with curiosity, and follow your heart, this movie will teach you more about the nature of Love, the significance of Christ, the meaning of Life and how it should be lived than most of the dreary sermons, religious tracts, academic discussions of Theology, and turgid rancorous philsophical tomes put together.

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  4. Well, I took the required time to watch the movie. I agree that it's a well done movie with a good story line and dialogue. t probably wouldn't fly with with younger movie goers of today since it's in black and white andand likely would not have enough action to hold their attention.

    It must be a significant movie in your life with a significant meaning for you to bring it up and recommend it.

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    1. Thank you, Waylon. Though I was born ten years before the film came out, I became acquainted with it only recently. I've seen it twice in te last year in Turner Classic Movies, and you're right I found a deep significance in its underlying "message" that struck me as unusually whosesome, pleasant, encouraging –– and persuasive.

      I can't be sure the author of the story fully intended it to be taken this way but the forceful, exuberant, salubrious, thoroughly endearing character of "Dr. Praetorious," as portrayed by Cary Grant, is a near-perfect example of what-we Christians-call "The Christ Ideal" personified.

      Dr. Praetorious lives life as it OUGHT to be lived. Fiction? Fantasy? YES, certainly, but not poppycock. Dr. P. is a wonderful role model for us all, but particularly young people

      You may be right about the tine and character of the film not appealing to today's young people so addicted have they become to LOUD, CRASS, CHEAP, MERETRICIOUS, SENSUALISTIC GARBAGE they have been rendered incapable of perceiving and appreciating beauty, subtlety, the need for fidelity and lasting affection.

      I think that's tragic, but it's not their fault. They've been "conditioned" by our fearful, unseen, unknown "Masters" who live in the Shadows [I call them The Oligarchs for want opf a better term] pulling strings to produce a race of compliant, soul-dead zombies instead of bright, energetic, happily creative individuals each doing his best to fulfill himself as he sees fit.

      Cynics, who mock and scoff at everything, and see only the worm in every apple, the dust in eery tabletop, the pimple on every face, and the hole in every doughnut, will doubtless actively despise this film and proclaim me a fool for seeing virtue in it. But that is THEIR problem not MINE, n'est-ce-pas?

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  5. Hard not to see it as a comment on McCarthyism as they try to malign Grant's character.

    Pleasant enough film but it lacks continuity and Crain seems to wish she were elsewhere.

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    1. As always, Quackpot, your dismal opinionating reveals more about you than it does anything you dare to criticize.

      Thank you for confrming my wholly negative view of your disposition and character by running true to form, Canardo.

      Single-handedly you are one of the best advertisments anti-Communism could hope to have –– and you give it away free of charge!

      WHOOPEE! You are the gift that keeps on giving.

      KUTGW, sucker.

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  6. I looked this up on IMDB. Heavy and delicate subject matter...

    I've ordered it from netflix.

    I can't stand the third grade level cartoon crap Hollywood puts out nowadays, so I'm pretty much confined to oldies and indy movies (of which there are lots of good ones).

    No way could Five Easy Pieces be made today.

    The charm of older movies are many: The architecture, the cars, the hair styles, wardrobes...

    I also love the subtlety. They couldn't race to the bottom like today with sex, violence and vulgarity, so they had to be more clever.

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    1. I'm glad you've adopted that viewpoint, and feel as you do, Silver.

      However, you are perfectly free to watch People Will Talk right here. There's no need to rent it from Netflix. Just click in the video, open it to FULL SCREEN, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. ;-)

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    2. I liked old movies even as a young boy, and my kids have an appreciation from them as well. I cultivated that by carefully choosing what to show them and not just drop on them every boring black and white I could find.

      It helped if I could connect some character or actor to something they knew. For example, the Old Schnozzola is the singing narrator in Frosty the Snowman, so we all watched an old movie with him, which I believe involved a pet squirrel.

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  7. I know I've posted on this movie in the past year... but can't remember the context. ;(

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