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Party Wire (1935)

Approved | | Drama | 27 April 1935 (USA)
When the daughter of the town's leading citizen and a local dairyman have a romance,and the man makes a sudden-and-unexplained trip out of town, the local gossips, employing the ... See full summary »

Director:

Erle C. Kenton

Writers:

Ethel Hill (screen play), John Howard Lawson (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Arthur ... Marge Oliver
Victor Jory ... Matthew Putnam
Helen Lowell ... Nettie Putnam
Robert Allen ... Roy Daniels
Charley Grapewin ... Will Oliver (as Charles Grapewin)
Clara Blandick ... Mathilda Sherman
Geneva Mitchell ... Irene Sherman
Maude Eburne ... Clara West
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Bert West
Oscar Apfel ... Thomas Sherman
Robert Middlemass ... Judge Stephenson
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Storyline

When the daughter of the town's leading citizen and a local dairyman have a romance,and the man makes a sudden-and-unexplained trip out of town, the local gossips, employing the small-town's shared telephone lines, start a malicious gossip campaign discussing the assumed-but-incorrect reason. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Burning the Scandal at Both Ends! See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los hilos del chisme See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Some reviews credited Charles Middleton with the role of "Johnson," but that part was played by Guy Usher. See more »

Quotes

Nettie Putnam: I'm tired, Matthew and I'm old. It's your turn now. After all, it is your business!
Matthew Putnam: I'll tell ya what, we'll give the dairy business back to the Indians. You and I'll get in a boat and take a trip around the world.
Nettie Putnam: Oh, no we won't.
Matthew Putnam: Oh, yes we will.
Nettie Putnam: Oh, *no* we won't.
Matthew Putnam: Oh, yes we will.
Nettie Putnam: Oh, no we won't.
Matthew Putnam: Oh, yes...
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Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played on piano by Lee Phelps and sung by the Rotary Club members
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Small town gossip via a party wire wrecks havoc on girl's life...
23 January 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

PARTY WIRE is a quaint mixture of comedy and drama as small town gossip plays havoc with an innocent girl's life through a misunderstanding when her father (CHARLEY GRAPEWIN) exchanges a questionable phone conversation with her boyfriend. The boyfriend says he's leaving town, while Grapewin threatens him with a gun and tells him he has to "straighten out the mess you left my daughter in." Naturally, the town gossips jump to the wrong conclusion and all hell breaks loose.

JEAN ARTHUR is delightful as the girl who sees her reputation torn to shreds--first, when she loses her bank job and then disqualified from winning the $200 first prize at the flower show by the malicious woman (CLARA BLANDICK) who spread the gossip. VICTOR JORY is the town's most eligible, wealthiest bachelor who has a yen for Jean while being pursued by the young ladies for his money--and it's his mother (HELEN LOWELL) who puts an end to the gossip by showing up at a town meeting and disclosing the hypocrisy of all those who jumped to the wrong conclusions.

It's very dated stuff (Osborne had to explain what a party line was to today's audience of cellphone users), and the situations are the kind seen in numerous other such small town comedies. But it's refreshing to see that there's at least a glimmer of chemistry between Jory (who usually played bad guys) and Arthur, although it's easy to see why he was better cast in villainous roles throughout most of his career.

Summing up: A pleasant item, extremely dated but likely to find some appeal for JEAN ARTHUR's fans who enjoy her in this sort of thing.


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