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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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DAMNED by a Whole Town, But All They Were Guilty of Was Love! See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

Soundtracks

The Train's a-Comin' (Goodbye My Lover, Goodbye)
(uncredited)
Traditional folk song
Sung a cappella at various times by Charley Grapewin, Victor Jory and Jean Arthur
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28 May 2006 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

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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