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Night Parade (1929)

Passed | | Drama | 27 October 1929 (USA)
Bobby Martin, a young middleweight champion boxer, is an honest and decent fighter. However, on the eve of his biggest fight, he becomes entangled in the snare of a dishonest woman and ends... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Bobby Martin
Doris O'Connell
Mr. John W. Zelli
Tom Murray
Lee Shumway ...
Sid Durham
Charles Sullivan ...
Nate D. Slott ...
Phil (as Nate Slott)


Bobby Martin, a young middleweight champion boxer, is an honest and decent fighter. However, on the eve of his biggest fight, he becomes entangled in the snare of a dishonest woman and ends up framed. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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In one panoramic sweep-the roaring boasts of Broadway- and her whispered secrets! (Print ad- Simpson's daily Leader Times,(Kittaning, Penna.) 28 December 1929)




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27 October 1929 (USA)  »

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Sporting Life  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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Based on the following Broadway production: Ringside (1928). Written by Edward E. Paramore Jr., Hyatt Daab and George Abbott. Directed by George Abbott. Broadhurst Theatre: 29 Aug 1928- Sep 1928 (closing date unknown/37 performances). Cast: Laurel Adams, Suzanne Caubaye, Warren Colston, Harry Cooke (as "Phil"), Ashley Cooper, Joseph Crehan (as "Sid Durham"), Carlo De Angelo, Brian Donlevy (as "Huffy"), William Franklin, Robert Gleckler (as "John Zelli"), Yvonne Grey, Dan E. Hanlon, Kaye Hastings, Donald Heywood, James Horgan, James Lane, Harriet E. MacGibbon (as "Doris O'Connell"), John Meehan (as "Peter Murray"), Packey O'Gatty, J. Ascher Smith (as "Radio Announcer"), Richard Taber (as "Bobby Murray"), Frank Verigun, Charles Wagenheim, William F. Walker, Bobbe Weeks, Craig Williams, George J. Williams. Produced by Gene Buck. Note: Filmed as Night Parade (1929). See more »

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A Technical Knockout
26 October 2014 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Known all over the boxing world as a "straight shooter," boyish middleweight champion Hugh Trevor (as Bobby Murray) has become involved with sophisticated Aileen Pringle (as Paula Vernoff), an older woman with a secret agenda. She's working with racketeer Robert Ellis (as John Zelli) in an effort to get Mr. Trevor to throw his upcoming big fight. His pretty childhood friend Dorothy Gulliver (as Doris O'Connell) is in love with Trevor, but he treats her like a "kid sister." With alcohol helping, it looks like Trevor is going to fall for quick sex and easy money. Hopefully, manager father Lloyd Ingraham (as Tom Murray) and Ms. Gulliver can save Trevor from temptation...

"Night Parade" was also seen in a "silent" version (with synchronized sound effects) starring Trevor, with all or most of the cast. That film's whereabouts is presently unknown, according to the "Silent Era" website. Too bad, because it very likely the superior version...

There are major "talking" performance concerns here, along with some questionable direction from Malcolm St. Clair. Still, Trevor is an appealing leading man and there are some good set-ups and sets. The final championship bout is inter-cut with an off stage fight and takes place outside, under a sudden rainstorm. Neither the inter-cutting nor the drenching could have been done in George Abbott's original Broadway play, "Ringside" (1928), which ended in a presumably less wet Madison Square Garden. It looks like producer William LeBaron and RKO had something good going with "Night Parade" which was lost in the "silent" to "talking" motion picture translation.

***** Night Parade (10/27/29) Malcolm St. Clair ~ Hugh Trevor, Aileen Pringle, Dorothy Gulliver, Lloyd Ingraham

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