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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

  (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 V. 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
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
For He's a Jolly Good FellowSee more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A Good History Lesson, 6 April 2007
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

Victor Fleming's "The Wet Parade" (1932) would be an appropriate double feature companion to "Reefer Madness". But while it shares that film's exaggerated (insert hysteria here) style, it is a much higher budget production and ultimately delivers a balanced and well- reasoned message.

It also has an all-star cast, although many of them are very early in their careers. The story centers around an old southern family, the Chilcotes; Lewis Stone, Dorothy Jordan, and Neil Hamilton (Commissioner Gordon on television's "Batman" series). Other name actors included Walter Huston, Robert Young, and Myrna Loy, Wallace Ford, and Jimmy Durante.

The film is almost an epic as it covers a 15-year span from 1916 to 1931. During WWI Congress expands federal regulation with a wartime measure called the Food Control Act (regulating grain among other things). This leads to the ill-advised Volsted Act and the 18th Amendment outlawing liquor (insert nationwide "Prohibition"). But prohibition curtails only legal drinking, and gives criminal elements a huge base of potential customers. Although much of the demand is met by smuggling (especially from Canada) and domestic distillation, there is quick money to be made with bogus product. Criminals simply take bulk denaturated (meaning unfit to drink) cleaning fluid ( a mix of ethyl alcohol and methanol) and package it as a name brand product. The film shows an excellent sequence of this process.

The film also shows the consequences of consuming this product; blindness or death.

The intention of the film is not to promote drinking but to illustrate a bigger evil, the unintended consequences of the government's ill-advised attempt to prohibit the activity. "The Wet Parade" was a rare example of mainstream Hollywood's willingness to openly take a side in a political issue. In doing so they risked alienating a huge potential audience (the President had vetoed the original legislation and it took legions of pietistic voters to pass the 18th Amendment). The effectiveness of the "The Wet Parade" message no doubt contributed to the passage of the 21st Amendment the following year (1933), which repealed nationwide prohibition. Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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