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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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Cast

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Roger Chilcote
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Roger Chilcote, Jr.
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Mrs. Chilcote
Frederick Burton ...
Major Randolph
Reginald Barlow ...
Judge Brandon
John Larkin ...
Moses
Gertrude Howard ...
Angelina
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Kip Tarleton
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Pow Tarleton
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Abe Shilling
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Jerry Tyler
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Eileen Pinchon
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Evelyn Fessenden
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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 »

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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

Angelina: [looking at a flaming dish in the kitchen] Ain't that purdy. I never get tired lookin' at them blue flames.
Moses: You best not get tired lookin' at them, sister. You gonna be seeing a lot more of them when you passes on!
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Myrna Loy (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Swanee River (Old Folks at Home)
(1851) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played during the opening credits
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The Wet Parade Marches Into the Past
20 December 2011 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

It's difficult to find old movies that I haven't already seen, so it was with great anticipation that I watched The Wet Parade, 1932, for the first time. It was like taking a vicarious time machine journey that landed smack in the middle of one of America's less memorable self-righteous escapades: The Prohibition. The best part is that this intensely dramatic flick was made a full year before prohibition ended, so the full flavor of the alcohol-soaked theme really hits home. It includes some historically accurate details, which were still very fresh in everyone's minds when the movie was produced. It also depicts some of the darker details of desolation and desperation the general public wrestled with after losing complete access to drinkable alcohol. Walter Huston, one of Hollywood's most convincing actors of his era, outdoes himself in this movie. Young Robert Young is quite dashing in his role, although the sight of him paired up with the gregarious Jimmy Durante might prompt a quick reality check if you're not prepared for this early "odd couple" concept.


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