Jean Arthur - Drama Collection DVD

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Turner Classic Movies and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are proud to present The Jean Arthur Drama Collection. Presented for the first time on DVD, digitally restored and remastered, these four features showcase Arthur’s range and virtuosity at an early stage in the sound era, playing everything from melodramas and tearjerkers to courtroom dramas and morality tales.

WHIRLPOOL (1934)
Buck Rankin (Jack Holt), the owner of a disreputable traveling carnival, is sentenced to prison for twenty years on a manslaughter charge. Not wanting his wife to waste her life waiting for him, he forges a note from the warden to her, claiming he died in an escape attempt. Upon his release years later, Rankin reinvents himself as a nightclub owner but his past life comes back to haunt him when his daughter Sandra (Jean Arthur), a newspaper reporter, begins investigating him for a front page expose. An unconventional portrayal of a father-daughter relationship, WHIRLPOOL unfolds as a brisk, unpredictable human drama with an emotionally affecting climax.

THE DEFENSE RESTS (1934)
Law school graduate Joan Hayes (Jean Arthur) is so impressed with the brilliant accomplishments and successful trial record of attorney Matthew Mitchell (Jack Holt) that she hounds him for a job. Impressed by her spunk and intelligence, Mitchell hires her but Joan quickly becomes disillusioned with her employer’s criminal clients and the questionable methods he uses to win cases. Ethics triumph over immorality in this rousing courtroom drama based on a screenplay by Oscar® winner Jo Swerling (The Pride of the Yankees, 1942).

THE MOST PRECIOUS THING IN LIFE (1934)
Ellen (Jean Arthur), an elderly cleaning woman, returns to her former hometown and finds a job at the university. While cleaning the dormitory rooms, she learns that one of the attending students is Chris Kelsey (Richard Cromwell), the son she had to abandon years earlier. Though she keeps her true identity a secret, Ellen develops a close attachment to Chris, becoming his confidant. In the grand tradition of Madame X, this tearjerker provides Jean Arthur with one of her most challenging early roles, taking her from youth to old age.

PARTY WIRE (1935)
When Matthew Putnam (Victor Jory), heir to the Putnam Dairy fortune, returns to his hometown to attend to family business, the local women take a special interest in his bachelor status. Once it becomes apparent that he is only interested in Marge Oliver (Jean Arthur), jealousy gives way to gossip when an overheard conversation on the town’s party line is misinterpreted and results in a rumor that leads to a near tragedy. A poisonous portrayal of small town life and the effect of gossip, PARTY WIRE is a riveting morality tale distinguished by a superb supporting cast including Charley Grapewin, Helen Lowell and Walter Brennan.
Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD - Boxed Set
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Run Time: 280 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2012
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Stereo
  • Includes:

    Digital Bonus Features on the DVD Include:
    • Digital Image Gallery
      - Behind the Scenes Photo(s)
      - Publicity Stills
      - Scene Still(s)
      - Lobby Card(s)
      - Movie Poster(s)
      - Biography/TCM Article(s)
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5.0

Great Drama collection - Love Jean Arthu

By Casper

from Hernando, MS.

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    I love old black and white movies. I believe I was born during the wrong time.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wonderful collection of Jean Arthur

    By Ayesha911

    from Bluff City, TN

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    The movies are very clear. I loved Jean Arthur in this collection, she is such a wonderful actor.

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    4.0

    Surprisingly Entertaining

    By Ann

    from Toronto, ON

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      I like Jean Arthur and I bought this set on sale from TCM and I am glad I did. The 4 '30s dramas featured in this set are not well-known but they do show Ms. Arthur's acting abilities beyond comedy. It is hard to believe that Ms. Arthur suffered extreme anxiety as she makes it look like she is in her element in these roles. I wish that more of Jean's work from this period was available in a set like this. She is an over-looked gem. Hats off to TCM for the 2 Jean Arthur collections currently in issue.

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      5.0

      Another Fine Jean Arthur Collection

      By TCM Classic Movie Fan

      from League City, Texas

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        This is a fine collection of Jean Arthur drama films from the mid-1930's. I enjoyed each and every one of them. This collection would make a fine companion to Jean Arthur's comedy collection and better-known films, like Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. For those into bonus features, there's little more than publcity and scene stills.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Loved Whirlpool

        By Obeandu

        from Buffalo NY

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          Loved the movies. I wish the bonus features were better.

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          great talent often overlooked

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          from Virginia

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            Ms. Arthur was such a good actress who could cross genres and give performances that grabbed the viewers and made her stories worth watching again and again. This collection of early films is of interest because it shows her practicing her film craft and becoming a truly good actress. It is a testimony to her ability that she was able to conquer her well known stage fright and convince us in every film that she was that person on celluloid. I am glad I received this gift--and thanks to TCM for another great collection!

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