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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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Small town gossip via a party wire wrecks havoc on girl's life... 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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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:
Some reviews credited Charles Middleton with the role of "Johnson," but that part was played by Guy Usher.See more »
Soundtrack:
For He's a Jolly Good FellowSee more »

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Small town gossip via a party wire wrecks havoc on girl's life..., 23 January 2007
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

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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