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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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Release Date:

27 October 1929 (USA)  »

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Sporting Life  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Technical Failures
18 April 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I came in expecting to get some pleasure out of this picture; between the Mal St. Clair direction, the George Abbott script and some interesting talent in front of the camera, it looked pretty good on paper.

However, although the script still looks good -- the corruption of an honest boxer -- there are far too many issues to make it enjoyable.

Stagey Acting: a frequent problem of 1929 an issue of the relatively primitive sound equipment and non-naturalistic stage technique, this would be corrected in a couple of years. None of which excuses the fact that people at a party just stand around doing nothing.

Leaden Camera: It's about ten minutes into the film before the camera moves at all, and then it's moved very slightly to maintain composition, but in an incredibly clumsy fashion, like one man trying to move a sofa. Otherwise it's just cut and cut and cut, two shot, reaction shot, two shot, reaction shot. Compare the vast majority of these shots with the boxing sequence, which is shot MOS with very mobile camera and a lot of undercranking.

Mal St. Clair, after working with Chaplin, developed a reputation as a great director with a light touch -- certainly his Rin-Tin-Tin features are good. But he shows absolutely nothing here. Still it's an interesting story and that stops it from being unwatchable. It's just that you have a lot better things do with your time.

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