The Talk of the Town ★★★½

A truly silly premise, but it's also a surprisingly great time. It's a neat mix of a political crime drama and a screwball romantic comedy. Jean Arthur is a delight and brings such joyous unpredictability to every scene.

Cary Grant is eating a lot the entire time and hilariously boorish and direct. There are several amazing and comedic pans along with amusing reveals of Grant poorly hiding. And walking out the door with a whole chicken on a plate is a classic.

There's decent criminal justice politics and a grounded positive streak. There's also amusingly strong anti-beard propaganda. Oh, 1940s America.

"Where did he go... Without his beard?"

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