Legendary director John Ford directing the equally legendary actor
Edward G. Robinson in a gangster comedy...if you know who either of
these people are, that's gotta get your attention. It certainly did
mine. Throw in Robinson in an excellent dual role as both a timid
accountant and the ruthless gangster he resembles, and you'd think you'd
have comedy gold on your hands. However, while The Whole Town's Talking isn't a bad movie, the end results are painfully underwhelming, especially if you're expecting lots of laughs from this movie.
Edward G. Robinson plays Arthur Ferguson Jones, a timid clerk at an advertising firm who harbors a secret crush on an attractive co-worker (Jean Arthur). Robinson also plays a ruthless gangster, "Killer" Mannion, and the comedic aspect of the film comes from Jones being mistaken for Mannion - and Mannion's attempts to take advantage of this.