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The Wet Parade (1932)

Passed | | Drama, History, Romance | 26 March 1932 (USA)
The evils of alcohol before and during prohibition become evident as we see its effects on the rich Chilcote family.

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(uncredited)

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(adapted by) (as John L. Mahin), (from the novel by)
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Abe Shilling
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Sprawling story of Prohibition set against two families and how they are affected by booze. The stories come together when two young people (Robert Young, Dorothy Jordan) join in a common fight against liquor because it has destroyed their families. Both pros and cons are presented, but the screenplay definitely sides with the abstainers. The fathers destroyed by demon rum are played by Walter Huston and Lewis Stone, and look for Jimmy Durante as a bearded federal agent! Written by Ed Lorusso

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Drama | History | Romance

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26 March 1932 (USA)  »

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Alcohol prohibido  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Myrna Loy's character was based on Texas Guinan, she even utters Guinan's catchphrase "Give the little lady a big hand!" See more »

Goofs

The story begins in 1916, then moves to 1919, and the early 1920's, but Dorothy Jordan and Myrna Loy wear up to the minute 1932 fashions throughout. See more »

Quotes

Roger Chilcote: See here, Major Randolph, do you still cling to that outrageous custom of yours not having your champagne chilled?
Major Randolph: Wouldn't drink ice cold wine no more than I'd make love to a spinster lady. The flavor's all freezed out!
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Myrna Loy (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

My Old Kentucky Home
(1853) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played in the score
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In 1932 the "War On Drugs" was called Prohibition.
29 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

I loved The Wet Parade and gave it a 10. I loved it because it clearly depicts the pain and suffering caused by the loss of free will, whether through addiction or government imposed sanctions. I found the film to be as relevant today as it was when it was released in 1932, just months before the repeal of Prohibition. There is no attempt to provide a solution, just a vivid picture of the problem. A problem which continues to grow in magnitude.


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