People Will Talk – YouTube This is a brief excerpt.
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People Will Talk is a great film for teaching. The story of an eccentric doctor played by Cary Grant who has an even more eccentric friend offers many ethical conundrums. Jeanne Crain is the love interest in the film. During the first half, she is troubled and a largely passive character. I was waiting for my intrepid students to call me out on this, since I am a vigorous supporter of powerful women characters but somehow they missed this. When she became a more vibrant and powerful character in the second half, I would’ve been justified but my prepared defense was unnecessary.
Should a doctor disclose all pertinent facts to a patient? Professional Ethics
Is concealing your qualifications immoral?Professional Ethics – Business Ethics
Is using any means including those outside the current science to heal moral or immoral? Professional Ethics – Business Ethics
Is the comfort of patients more important than the calls of procedure and timeliness on the part of the nursing staff?
What attitude should be taken toward unmarried mothers? Ethics
Is attempting to dig up the dirt on a colleague immoral? Professional Ethics – Business Ethics
Is living off of your relatives wrong all the time? or is it wrong depending on the circumstances?Ethics
At what point is a crime “paid for?” Ethics
MY PARTICULAR Points –
Can a kiss equal a marriage proposal? (A good proportion of my class says no. I differ.) A matter of curiosity
Is a story more effective as persuasion or a presentation of facts? (Bet you have that one figured out.) A matter of what I believe – the class tends to go along with me.
Does a movie (especially a good one) explain a moral problem more clearly than a lecture (although they get a brief one anyway!)?
I observe my classes carefully and I use some of the same films each year. But I experiment with new ones each year as well. This was a new one. It was a great success. The class was delighted with it and paid careful attention. Their assignment was to write down all the moral conundrums they observed. We are going to discuss them tomorrow.
James Alan Pilant
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