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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
 (From Cinelinx. 8 August 2014, 1:44 PM, PDT)

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More than just history--a dramatic, well made human story, as well. See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

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)

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:
America, My Country, 'Tis of TheeSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
More than just history--a dramatic, well made human story, as well., 7 September 2014
Author: secondtake from United States

Wet Parade (1932)

A heavy social message movie but really well made, with some touching, in fact moving scenes. There is the first layer of drinking and the damage heavy drinking does (with some dramatic examples!). Then there is a political level, with electioneering and a kind of lobbying by the characters—and the movie—regarding drinking.

The year it begins is 1916, more or less, and it's the cusp of the beginning of Prohibition, just a year before the U.S. enters WWI. (The war is a side issue—one character wisely says, "War has no good side.") The acting is quite realistic—this is a truly serious and large drama—and so the events take on poignant significance. Even if it might, sometimes, seem to preach (barely), it always puts it in human terms, and human costs.

"I never did take it up," says one main character, to explain his not drinking. It makes it seem like a drug ("I never did take up pot") and that's really the underlying attitude on both sides. Of course, there are lots of scenes of drunks and parties leading to good old drunkenness. One of the reasons for voting for Prohibitions is shown as economic—50 million bushels of wheat and rye were going to making drink, and in war time this was wrong.

Remember that the movie was made in 1932 just as Prohibition was being repealed. I don't think it was simply a reminder to the audience of the history of the whole 14 year experiment in teetotaling. Progressive (Democratic) President Wilson did not approve the idea, but the states went ahead and ratified the amendment (not including some notable hold outs like Kentucky, home of great Bourbon).

So, as a movie, there is a lot going on. Before the first hour is up we have one plot transform into another and then yet another. In a way it's quite remarkable. Director Victor Fleming is seven years away from his glory year (1939) and yet is showing a sustained intelligence and narrative savvy. And the camera keeps moving with engaging fluidity, the light varies greatly from night to day to night, and the editing is fast and intelligent. This is, technically, a superb movie.

Now you might object to a certain level of moralizing—the drinkers are often cads or losers—but there is enough complexity of message to make this work overall. There is a sense that everyone (nearly) admits that Prohibition is a hopeless, and maybe senseless cause. As the plot moves toward its dramatic mobster climax, it feels more about pure crime than a moral issue, which got lost along the way.

But that's perhaps what happened to the country, too, back in the long dry years of the 1920s. Which were not so dry after all, for many. Hypocrisy and irony abound. A truly interesting movie.

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