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Writers:
Ethel Hill (screen play) and
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Release Date:
27 April 1935 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Fantastic Comedy on The Dark Side of Small Town America See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Bert West
Oscar Apfel ... Thomas Sherman
Robert Middlemass ... Judge Stephenson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maidena Armstrong ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Jessie Arnold ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Herbert Ashley ... Townsman at Meeting (uncredited)
Dorothy Bay ... Rebecca (uncredited)
Dolly Bevins ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Sammy Blum ... Townsman (uncredited)
Edward W. Borman ... Townsman (uncredited)

Walter Brennan ... Paul - Railroad Telegrapher (uncredited)
Earle D. Bunn ... Tracey (uncredited)
Louise Carter ... Grandma Kern (uncredited)
Harvey Clark ... Banker Croft (uncredited)
Charles Cowen ... Townsman (uncredited)
Bill Dill ... Poker Quartet Member (uncredited)
Oliver Eckhardt ... Townsman (uncredited)
Sam Finn ... Townsman (uncredited)
Adda Gleason ... Townswoman (uncredited)
James Guilfoyle ... Waiter (uncredited)
Ben Hall ... Boy on Bench - Telegraph Office (uncredited)
Lillian Harmer ... Deborah (uncredited)
Grace Hayle ... Eleanor (uncredited)
Alfred P. James ... Barber (uncredited)
Si Jenks ... Poker Quartet Member (uncredited)
Sheldon Jett ... Townsman (uncredited)
James B. 'Pop' Kenton ... Lem Davis (uncredited)
Robert P. Kerr ... Poker Quartet Member (uncredited)
Nat Laffingwell ... Townsman (uncredited)
June LaVere ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Mason (uncredited)
Stella LeSaint ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Joe Smith Marba ... Joe (uncredited)
William McCall ... Townsman (uncredited)
Nelson McDowell ... Townsman at Meeting (uncredited)
Lafe McKee ... Townsman in Pool Hall (uncredited)
George C. Pearce ... Country Doctor (uncredited)
Vester Pegg ... Poker Quartet Member (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Charlie - Rotary Club Member (uncredited)
Lon Poff ... Townsman (uncredited)
Blanche Rose ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Dorothy Shearer ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Jerome Storm ... Waiter (uncredited)
Leo Sulky ... Townsman at Meeting (uncredited)
Emerson Treacy ... Martin (uncredited)
Guy Usher ... Johnson (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Kathrin Clare Ward ... Nan Martin (uncredited)
Sofia Wormser ... Townswoman (uncredited)
George Yeoman ... Townsman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Erle C. Kenton 
 
Writing credits
Ethel Hill (screen play) and
John Howard Lawson (screen play)

Bruce Manning (from the novel by)

Cinematography by
Allen G. Siegler (photography) (as Allen Siegler)
 
Film Editing by
Viola Lawrence (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Stanley Dunn .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
William Hamilton .... assistant sound engineer (uncredited)
Glenn Rominger .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Blaisdell .... grip (uncredited)
Homer Plannette .... set lighting foreman (uncredited)
Dave Ragin .... camera operator (uncredited)
Victor Scheurich .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Harry Cohn .... president: Columbia Pictures Corporation
Evelyn Fontaine .... stand-in: Jean Arthur (uncredited)
Robert North .... supervisor (uncredited)
Jack Rea .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
69 min (TCM print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #743) (original rating) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Charley Grapewin and Clara Blandick, who appear in this film, also appeared together in "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), as Uncle Henry and Auntie Em.See more »
Soundtrack:
The Train's a-Comin' (Goodbye My Lover, Goodbye)See more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic Comedy on The Dark Side of Small Town America, 24 January 2007
Author: HarlowMGM from United States

Most 1930's and 1940's films portray small town America as some kind of Heaven on earth where your neighbor will give you their last dime and everybody loves everybody and are all model citizens. PARTY WIRE, an overlooked gem from 1935, blows that illusion to smitterheens and may be closer to the truth. Small towns can breed small minds and the horrors of gossips who tell tales they don't really care if they are true or not is vividly brought to life is this amazing comedy drama.

Victor Jory stars as the scion of the small town's wealthiest family who returns to town for an extended stay. His return is big news for the locals, many of whom have daughters they would like to see Jory marry. When Jory begins to squire local farm girl Jean Arthur, the inner green-eyed monster flares in the local old prudes and when via habit of listening in on phone calls on the town's party line they overhear Arthur's father make an angry phone call to a local boy they are all abuzz, concluding the guy has knocked up Jean.

This starts a tidal wave of gossip and venom as poor Jean gets fired from her job and is completely snubbed by the town folk, who stick a baby carriage with a nasty note on her doorstep and disqualify her from winning a local event for no reason. When Jory learns of their maliciousness, he vows to make the town pay for their viciousness and financially ruin them all.

The cast of this film is outstanding. Jean Arthur at the very beginning of the major era of her career is wonderful as the unpretentious sweetie who has what it takes to charm the most wanted man in town. Victor Jory has one of his rare leading man roles - he was most often cast as a villain, notably in GONE WITH THE WIND - but he is excellent and thoroughly credible both as the man everyone admires and the hero out for vengeance. The supporting cast is superb - Charley Grapewin as Jean's slightly absent-minded father, Maude Eburne as one of the biggest gossips in town but most especially Clara Blandick as the queen bee of this hick town who conjures all the trouble. Miss Blandick is best remembered for her loving Auntie Em in THE WIZARD OF OZ but she had no peers when it came to portraying the small town bitch matron - she plowed similar territory as Janet Gaynor's sneering aunt in A STAR IS BORN.

This is a fine looking Columbia film that belies it's modest budget. PARTY WIRE is possibly the best of Jean Arthur's early starring films and is highly recommended.

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