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May 14, 2012

Turner Classic Movies releases the Jean Arthur collection on DVD

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) present The Jean Arthur Drama Collection. This four-disc set, available exclusively through tcm.com as part of the TCM Vault Collection, featuring Jean's classic movies, including Whirlpool (1934), Most Precious Thing in Life (1934), The Defense Rests (1934) and Party Wire (1935).

The Jean Arthur Drama Collection showcases the actress's rare dramatic movies as the actress was mostly known for her comedic roles. The four movies have been restored and digitally remastered to appear for the first time on DVD.

The four films featured in The Jean Arthur Drama Collection are:

Whirlpool (1934) – This melodrama stars Jean Arthur as a newspaper reporter who discovers that the crooked nightclub manager she is investigating is really the father she never knew. Roy William Neill directed.

Most Precious Thing in Life (1934) – Jean Arthur plays a poor girl who marries a rich college boy against the wishes of his parents, who begin pushing her out of the family after she bears a son. Donald Cook and Anita Louise co-star.

The Defense Rests (1934) – Disgusted by her boss’s legal tactics, a lawyer (Jean Arthur) launches her own investigation into a murder. This early legal drama penned by Jo Swerling also stars Jack Holt and Nat Pendleton.

Party Wire (1935) – Jean Arthur plays the daughter of a town's leading citizen who becomes the victim of a vicious gossip campaign over her romance with a local dairy heir. Victor Jory, Helen Lowell, Robert Allen and Charley Grapewin co-star in this adaptation of a novel by Bruce Manning.

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