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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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Prohibition: The Epic See more (12 total) »

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
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)
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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:
Viva La CompanySee more »

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Prohibition: The Epic, 17 December 2011
Author: Jimmy L. from Upstate New York

This Hollywood production takes a staunch (if peculiar) anti-alcohol, pro-Prohibition stance. It condemns the exaggeratedly tragic effects of alcohol consumption, as lives are torn apart by the mere existence of the Demon Drink. The film was released while Prohibition was still law, and it preached its Dry message directly at the 1932 audience.

In a sense, THE WET PARADE (1932) does for alcohol what TELL YOUR CHILDREN (1936) does for marijuana. What sets this film apart is its compelling story and excellent cast.

The film chronicles the rise of Prohibition out of World War I and the effects of its enforcement. It's an interesting take on the subject, showing the political and moral motivations behind the Dry movement, the last-minute hoarding of booze before the Eighteenth Amendment went into effect, the rise of speakeasies and bootlegging, and the government crackdown on liquor. The government men are portrayed like secret agents in enemy territory, infiltrating speakeasies undercover and gathering evidence before a raid. Saving the public from themselves.

The movie even touches upon some of the negative consequences of Prohibition (poisonous bootleg liquor, organized crime, etc.), placing the blame not on the law, but the insatiable appetite for alcohol among deviant Americans.

The cast assembled for this Prohibition epic is impressive. The leads are second-rate (Robert Young and Dorothy Jordan), but they are joined by some A-list supporting actors like Lewis Stone, Walter Huston, Wallace Ford, Jimmy Durante, John Miljan, Neil Hamilton, and even Myrna Loy.

In hindsight, decades after the repeal of Prohibition in the U.S., it seems the filmmakers may have been a bit misguided in their didacticism, although, to be fair, the movie is based on a book. And the film was only discouraging activities which were illegal at the time.

Still, the movie's crusading stance goes a little over-the-top. There's one scene near the end where John Miljan speaks right into the camera, directing his anti-booze rant at the viewers in the theatre. A noble gesture by MGM, supporting law and order, but it's a bit silly nowadays.

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