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Party Wire (1935)

Approved | | Drama | 27 April 1935 (USA)
Story of a small-town girl victimized by her gossiping neighbors.

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Some reviews credited Charles Middleton with the role of "Johnson," but that part was played by Guy Usher. See more »

Goofs

The flower show that Matthew helps Marge prepare for is held on a date (according to a banner) that is three days BEFORE the date of Matthew's arrival (as seen on a telegram). See more »

Quotes

Matthew Putnam: You're not Marge Oliver?
Marge Oliver: I am!
Matthew Putnam: What? That funny, homely little freckled face kid?
Marge Oliver: You weren't so good looking yourself.
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Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played on piano by Lee Phelps and sung by the Rotary Club members
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Use of Telephone Years Ago
24 January 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

In the late 30's and 40's many people did not have telephones and when they became available, most middle income people purchased a phone with usually three or more people using the same telephone line with an operator to make the calls on certain lines. This film deals mostly about this situation in a small town where people could listen in to your conversation with other people. Jean Arthur,(Margie Oliver) plays the role of a sweet young gal living with her father, Charley Grapewine (Will Oliver) who is drinking morning noon and night and never seems to finish painting his garage. Victor Jory,(Matthew Putman) is an owner of a large Dairy Farm business in town where most of the local people are employed and has recently returned to his home town and visited with his boyhood sweetheart, Margie Oliver. The use of a Party Wire in this town has caused a great deal of trouble for quite a few people and creates a very comical situation and also some drama. Some of the actors in this film appeared in the Wizard of Oz as well as many other great film classics. Victor Jory played a good guy in this film, but most of his film career was playing the evil one even in Westerns. Enjoy a great Classic film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Party Wire 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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