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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 »
Genre:
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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Word Travels Fast 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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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Word Travels Fast, 28 May 2006
Author: Maliejandra Kay (Maleejandra@yahoo.com) from United States

Party Wire concerns a small town. They are linked together by the same telephone line, a party wire. If one does not understand the way older telephones worked, with the total dependence on an operator and a switchboard, this concept is difficult to understand, which dates the film. However, suffice to say that everyone is able to listen in on everyone's phone calls, and others miss their calls often due to gossips tying up the line. In this small town, a visitor arrives, a man who used to live there by the name of Matthew Putname (Victor Jory). He is very wealthy so all of the young ladies of the town try to grab him, but the least interested one (Jean Arthur) happens to catch his eye. Gossips spreads through the town, not all of it true, and several dramatic things happen.

The film is based on a clever idea and contains several amusing sequences, but the main characters have no chemistry with each other and they themselves are lukewarm. It is difficult to care about their struggles if there is no sympathy. The best character plays Arthur's father, Charley Grapewin. He is lovable, funny, and a joy to watch.

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