It’s time for The Whole Town’s Talking blu-ray review. This one released on blu-ray a few months back as part of the John Ford at Columbia, 1935-1958 boxset released by Powerhouse Films.
The films stars Edward G. Robinson and Jean Arthur in this 1935 comedy. An excellent movie but what of the blu-ray release? Let me answer that question right now.
- The Whole Town’s Talking (1935)
- Part of the John Ford at Columbia, 1935-1958 Boxset
- Genre: Comedy
- Directed by John Ford
- UK Rating PG
- Discs: 1
- Released By Powerhouse Films
- Blu-ray Released: 27 April 2020
Arthur Ferguson Jones (Edward G. Robinson) works at advertising firm. He’s a nice guy that’s hopelessly in love with a college Wilhelmina Clark (Jean Arthur). Meanwhile Arthur Jones bears a striking resemblance to wanted bank robber Mannion. This causes Arthur to be arrested by the police.
Style / Direction
The film was directed by John Ford whilst Joseph H. August was the one responsible for the cinematography. Ford delivers a highly entertaining fast paced romantic comedy-drama.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by Mischa Bakaleinikoff & Louis Silvers.
Acting / Characters
Edward G. Robinson is simply sublime as he takes on the role of two completely different characters, Arthur Ferguson Jones and “Killer” Mannion. He does this brilliantly of course. I’m a huge fan of his films and this one is no different.
Co-starring is the fabulous Jean Arthur as Wilhelmina Clark. She really does deliver a stupendous performance and works brilliantly with Edward G. Robinson. She’s a feisty funny character which really enhances the film.
- Edward G. Robinson as Arthur Ferguson Jones / “Killer” Mannion
- Jean Arthur as Wilhelmina Clark
- Arthur Hohl as Detective Sergeant Boyle
- James Donlan as Detective Sergeant Howe
- Arthur Byron as Spencer, District Attorney
- Wallace Ford as Healy
- Etienne Girardot as Seaver
- Donald Meek as Hoyt
- Edward Brophy as “Slugs” Martin
- Paul Harvey as “J.G.” Carpenter
Conclusion: The Whole Town’s Talking (1935) Film Review
I cannot recommend this film enough it’s an absolute must see in my opinion. The chemistry between Edward G. Robinson and Jean Arthur is spot on. Meanwhile Edward G’s two different roles are a joy to watch.
If you enjoyed my The Whole Town’s Talking blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- Cottage to Let (1941)
- Criss Cross (1949)
- Mystery Junction (1951)
- The Big Heat (1953)
- Taste of Fear (1961)
- Experiment in Terror (1962)
- Identity (2003)
Conclusion: The Whole Town’s Talking Blu-ray Review
The film has undergone a 4K restoration and now look perfect. On the extras front Powerhouse Films never fails to deliver as you can see from the list below:
- Cymbaline (7 mins)
- Leonard Maltin on The Whole Town’s Talking (6 mins)
- A Trip Outside Ford Country (23 mins)
- No Rules But Her Own (18 mins)
- Lux Radio Theatre The Whole Town’s Talking (1941) (53 mins)
- Image Gallery
- 36 Page Booklet
On to my movie rating for The Whole Town’s Talking (1935)
- Movie Rating: MUST SEE
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: EXCELLENT
Amazon UK Links
The Whole Town’s Talking (1935) is available now on blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip not representative of the blu-ray version
That concludes my The Whole Town’s Talking blu-ray review. I’ll check out the rest of the boxset soon. Which film is next? Check back soon…
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Summary: The Whole Town's Talking (1935) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: The Whole Town's Talking (1935)
Movie description: Edward G. Robinson takes on duals roles as Arthur Jones bears & wanted bank robber Mannion. Part of the John Ford at Columbia, 1935-1958 Boxset
Duration: 93 mins
Director(s): John Ford
Actor(s): Edward G. Robinson, Jean Arthur, Arthur Hohl, James Donlan, Arthur Byron, Wallace Ford , Etienne Girardot, Donald Meek, Edward Brophy, Paul Harvey
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
Edward G. Robinson and Jean Arthur combine to make a must see comedy movie
- Fabulous Story
- Edward G. Robinson & Jean Arthur
- 4K Restoration
- Excellent Blu-ray Release