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Writers:
John Lee Mahin (adapted by)
Upton Sinclair (from the novel by)
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Release Date:
26 March 1932 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The evils of alcohol before and during prohibition become evident as we see its effects on the rich Chilcote family. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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New on Warner Archive Instant: August 2014
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Cast

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Dorothy Jordan ... Maggie May
Lewis Stone ... Roger Chilcote

Neil Hamilton ... Roger Chilcote, Jr.
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Chilcote
Frederick Burton ... Major Randolph
Reginald Barlow ... Judge Brandon
John Larkin ... Moses
Gertrude Howard ... Angelina

Robert Young ... Kip Tarleton

Walter Huston ... Pow Tarleton

Jimmy Durante ... Abe Shilling
Wallace Ford ... Jerry Tyler

Myrna Loy ... Eileen Pinchon

Joan Marsh ... Evelyn Fessenden
John Miljan ... Major Doleshal

Clarence Muse ... Taylor Tibbs
Clara Blandick ... Mrs. Tarleton
Forrester Harvey ... Mr. Fortesque
John Beck ... Mr. Garrison
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Ben Alexander ... Evelyn's Friend (uncredited)
Frank Atkinson ... Barman At New Year Party (uncredited)
Jack Baxley ... Wilson Supporter (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Would-Be Bootlegger (uncredited)
Ann Brody ... Mrs. Schwartz (uncredited)
Berton Churchill ... Roger's Uncle Dick (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Drunk (uncredited)
Cecil Cunningham ... Mrs. Twombey - Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Max Davidson ... Mr. Schwartz (uncredited)
Gordon De Main ... Eye Specialist (uncredited)
Louise Emmons ... Cackling Hag in Southern Bar (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Bar Proprietor (uncredited)
Bud Geary ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Julia Griffith ... Club Eileen Customer (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Would-Be Bootlegger (uncredited)
Harry Holman ... Wilson Supporter (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Nightclubber Asking the Time (uncredited)

George Irving ... Judge (uncredited)
Jack Jordan ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Southerner (uncredited)
Tom Mahoney ... Pete - Policeman (uncredited)
Eily Malyon ... Irish Drunk's Wife (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Bar Customer (uncredited)
Frank McGlynn Jr. ... Defense Attorney (uncredited)
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Food Control Speaker (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Shorty the Bellboy (uncredited)

Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Evelyn's Friend (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Saloon Waiter (uncredited)
Broderick O'Farrell ... Bootleg Financial Backer (uncredited)
Bradley Page ... Frankie - Bootlegger (uncredited)
Frank Rice ... Expectant Father / Bootleg Thug (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... Speakeasy Bartender (uncredited)
Hector Sarno ... Would-Be Bootlegger (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Theodore von Eltz ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Morgan Wallace ... Bootlegger Leader (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ... Charles Evan Hughes Campaigner (uncredited)
Woodrow Wilson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Victor Fleming (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
John Lee Mahin (adapted by) (as John L. Mahin)

Upton Sinclair (from the novel by)

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
William Axt (musical score by) (as Dr. William Axt)
 
Cinematography by
George Barnes (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Anne Bauchens (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Dowling .... assistant camera (uncredited)
James Manatt .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Oscar Radin .... orchestra under the direction of
 
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Runtime:
118 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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:
Eileen Pinchon:So you are going to fix everything up by getting good and tight!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Merrily We Roll AlongSee more »

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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Interesting history and VERY sappy melodramatics, 7 April 2008
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

THE WET PARADE is the sort of old fashioned film that looked old and out of date even when it came out in 1932. In so many ways, this film is a carryover from the early silent anti-drinking melodramas of the first decade of the twentieth century--complete with ridiculously one-dimensional characters and a very heavy-handed message. In fact, the message is so heavy-handed that I seriously doubt if the anti-alcohol message had much effect on audiences--other than to elicit laughter! This is all very sad because very few films have ever addressed the impact of alcohol on its many victims (most of which aren't even the drinkers themselves)--too bad this was handled so poorly.

Why do I say it was handled poorly? Well, many of the drunks portrayed in the film are totally one-dimensional and the actors overact so much as they portray them. This was pretty apparent with Lewis Stone's character, but compared to the ridiculous guy played by Walter Huston, he was downright subtle. As for Huston, he seemed more like a Tourette's sufferer than anything else, as he REPEATEDLY twirled his handlebar mustache and grunted (some actual symptoms of the disorder--seriously). However, most in the audience today may not recognize him, but this character acts almost exactly like those from melodramas of 30 years earlier--widely exaggerating EVERYTHING and chewing the scenery! In many ways, he seemed like a drunk version of Snidely Whiplash! Now when it comes to the impact on those around these ridiculous drunks, the film did a much better job. The co-dependent family members and enabling friends were excellent touches--but still weren't enough to make up for the awful characters played by Stone and Huston.

Other than these silly drunks, the film also chronicled the history of the prohibition movement--and this was mildly interesting from a historical point of view. What I learned from the movie is that what really helped this anti-liquor crusade was WWI and moves to stop the production of intoxicants in order to feed our troops and starving Europeans. An interesting tidbit amongst the "sledgehammer symbolism" throughout this entire film.

If anyone knows of a movie to SERIOUSLY address alcoholism from this era, let me know--as for THE WET PARADE, it's practically cartoon-like in its generalizations and bad characterizations. It's good for a laugh and maybe a brief history lesson buried within, but that's about all.

FYI--The director of this film, Victor Fleming, was himself an extremely heavy drinker according to several biographies I've read (including CLARA BOW: RUNNING WILD). And, ironically, if you read the biography for Huston on IMDb, he apparently was the master of ceremonies at a brewery party the night Prohibition expired!!

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