Jean Arthur Drama Collection DVD [4 Discs] [DVD]

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Synopsis

Party Wire
In one of his few movie leading roles, Victor Jory plays an unmarried small-town creamery owner. Jory falls in love with Jean Arthur, daughter of the town's favorite citizen (Charley Grapewin). Jean's former boy friend disconsolately leaves town, leaving behind an unbalanced church budget which the girl must pay out of her own pocket. She phones her ex-sweetheart and complains about "the mess" he's left her in--whereupon a snoopy neighbor, listening in on the town's party line, spreads the rumor than Jean is "in the family way." The angry Jory fires all his workers in retaliation for the malicious gossip, and is nearly run out of town before the citizens realize that they themselves are responsible for all the trouble. Party Wire is a surprisingly frank assessment of small-town mentality--surprising in that the target audience for this sort of "B" film in 1935 was the rural and middle-class moviegoer. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Most Precious Thing in Life
An impoverished waitress marries a rich college boy against the wishes of his parents. Shortly after bearing his son, the family begins pushing her out of the family, separating her from her son. Two decades later, the woman is a charwoman who scrubs the floors of her husband's alma mater. It is there that she encounters a handsome young college student who shares with her his romantic travails. It seems his father is pressuring him to dump his impoverished girl friend. Realizing that the distraught boy is her son, the woman selflessly offers him sage advice without revealing her identity. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Whirlpool
No relation to the 1949 20th Century-Fox melodrama of the same name, Columbia's 1934 Whirlpool stars Jack Holt as a shifty carnival promoter. He is incarcerated for a major crime just after learning that his wife is pregnant. Released after twenty years behind bars, Holt is anxious to make contact with his daughter (Jean Arthur), who knows nothing of his existence. This benighted reunion leads to tragedy for Holt, which he shoulders manfully (no one ever caught Jack Holt crying, no sir). Jean Arthur gave her best performance to date in Whirlpool, though her gift for comedy would remain untapped for a few years more. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Defense Rests
A sleazy lawyer is the focus of this courtroom drama. His favorite technique is to teach his female clients how to use their bodies provocatively in court to sway the jury. Without a doubt, his methods are successful. Unfortunately, his female assistant is offended by the tactics and threatens to expose him. Instead she falls in love with him. She uses her own feminine wiles to get him to stop it. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jean Arthur
    Jean Arthur - Marge Oliver
  • Victor Jory
    Victor Jory - Matthew Putnam
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    Helen Lowell - Nettie Putnam
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    Charles Grapewin - Will Oliver
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    Clara Blandick - Mathilda Sherman
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