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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harold 'Red' Grange ...
Jerry - Stuttering Cabbie
Irene Courtland
'Buddy' Courtland
The Crippled Stranger
George Elton
Clay College Coach Harlow
Brady - Henchman (as Ernie S. Adams)
Mullins - Henchman
Tom - Cab Company Dispatcher
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]


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






Release Date:

1 September 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Jogador Galopante  »

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(12 chapters)

Sound Mix:

(Disney Film Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles:
  • 1. The Idol of Clay

  • 2. The Port of Peril

  • 3. The Master Mind

  • 4. The House of Secrets

  • 5. The Man Without a Face

  • 6. The Torn $500 Bill

  • 7. When the Lights Went Out

  • 8. The Third Degree

  • 9. The Sign in the Sky

  • 10.The Vulture's Lair

  • 11.The Radio Patrol

  • 12.The Ghost Comes Back

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At the beginning of each chapter, the name Harold Grange fades out to be replaced by "Red" Grange. See more »

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An excellent serial with a real-life star
22 March 1999 | by (St. Clair, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

The Galloping Ghost is actually a very good serial...though a tad on the hackneyed side in terms of plot and plot twists.

Real-life football player Red Grange makes a good if one-minded hero...he has basically one expression and one tone of voice throughout all 12 chapters of the serial.

The cinematography is excellent...no stock footage of any note is used and the stunts are well orchestrated. Well, the first chapter cliffhanger ending with Red falling out of a plane is a bit on the outlandish side...and there are an inordinate number of fist fights...and his acrobatics in practically every chapter make you think Red Grange was a gymnast instead of a footballer...but other than that, this is a pretty decent serial. It lacks the spit and polish of the Republic serials of the genre's heyday, but for using a sports figure as the star, this serial comes off a lot better than most serials of the early 1930's.

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