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Director:
Writers:
Ethel Hill (screen play) and
John Howard Lawson (screen play) ...
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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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Apparent comedic premise turns very dark See more (11 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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
69 min (TCM print)
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Language:
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:
For He's a Jolly Good FellowSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Apparent comedic premise turns very dark, 2 May 2009

Many alleged Christians ignore or don't know the existence of the biblical injunction that to bear false witness is the same as committing murder.

"Party Wire" is a prime example of what can happen to an innocent person when gossipy people gleefully latch on to and help spread an inaccurate story.

"Party Wire" begins with a communications staple that is long out of date, the "party line" telephone. For younger people, this no-longer-extant situation consisted of several parties -- usually homes but possibly businesses -- being on the same line, usually connected through a patch-cord switchboard, and in the earliest days manually connected by a live operator.

When a father slightly in his cups makes a demand on a man who has been courting his daughter, the gossips overhearing are more than happy to spread a distorted report of what the conversation was about.

The misunderstanding sounds as if it could be funny, and in today's very different moral climate wouldn't even matter.

However, several lives are impacted, and the ripple effect almost devastates the entire town.

As someone else here commented, this story is dated, both by technology and by moral standards, but there actually is a good lesson here.

The acting is great, absolutely first class. Walter Brennan, for example, about ten years into his career, has an uncredited role, as do Lafe McKee and Si Jenks.

Victor Jory had a chance to play a hero, and his strength was put to good use.

The effervescent Jean Arthur, of whom Frank Capra said her voice was like a thousand tinkling bells, had an unusual role, not a bubbly, happy one, but she carried it beautifully.

Suspend your disbelief; ignore the script flaws. It's a good story despite some narrative glitches. "Party Wire" is definitely worth watching.

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