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The Galloping Ghost (1931)

Passed | | Adventure, Crime, Sport | 1 September 1931 (USA)
A gambling ring run out of the Mogul Taxi company is intent on fixing college football games. Football star Harold "Red" Grange is a target for the gamblers, whose thugs try to eliminate ... See full summary »

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(as Reaves Eason)

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(story and screenplay), (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harold 'Red' Grange ...
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Jerry - Stuttering Cabbie
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Irene Courtland
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'Buddy' Courtland
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The Crippled Stranger
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George Elton
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Clay College Coach Harlow
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Brady - Henchman (as Ernie S. Adams)
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Mullins - Henchman
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Tom - Cab Company Dispatcher
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Coach of Baxter Team (as Edward Peil)
Joseph P. Mack ...
Lefty, Henchman (as Joe Mack)
Stepin Fetchit ...
Baxter College Locker Room Attendant
Dick Dickinson ...
Mogul Taxi Clerk-Bribed Foorball Player Byrns [Chs. 6-7, 9]
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A gambling ring run out of the Mogul Taxi company is intent on fixing college football games. Football star Harold "Red" Grange is a target for the gamblers, whose thugs try to eliminate Grange from playing. Grange's buddy Buddy is himself vulnerable to blackmail, since he has broken team rules by marrying. The crooks use all their wiles to keep Grange and Buddy from leading their team to victory. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Adventure | Crime | Sport

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Passed
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1 September 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Jogador Galopante  »

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(12 chapters)

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(Disney Film Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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The maniacal laughter heard at the end of the chapters is of Theodore Lorch Having a field day. See more »

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What happened to Buddy? Did he get expelled from college, and did he and Irene reconcile, or? See more »

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Opening credits: Nat Levine presents Harold Grange, then segues into "Red" Grange... See more »

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Pretty bad
9 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are a couple of things about this serial that I really liked. One, the old vehicles and planes. Two, the street scenes of Los Angeles and a couple of scenes from football games in a bygone era.

The story is silly, never in the least convincing. The action is way, way over the top; Grange et al. flail clumsily at each other in every chapter, sometimes several times. And all sorts of horrible things happen to Grange, without him having a smudge on his suit, a scratch on his face, or even a sore knuckle from fighting. The dialog is so stiff that I winced several times. And worst of all is the acting, if it can be called that. Grange was a great football player, by all accounts, for the University of Illinois and in the NFL, but he couldn't act his way out of a paper bag. He and Babe Ruth, another poor actor in movies, should have stuck with sport.

The segues between episodes are narrated, rather than written as in most other serials. And are these segues bad! They begin each chapter after the first. Each episode ends with a villainous laugh by a man who is described as a "cripple." That was actually rather good.

This doesn't leave us with much--except the old cars, planes, trolleys, and the long ago street scenes.


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