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Red Lights Ahead (1936)

Pa Wallace, an ardent member of the Whales, is offered a chance to invest $5,000 in a gold mine by the head of the Whales, Grand Harpoon F. Q. Whitney. Mrs Wallace is opposed but the four ... See full summary »


Roland D. Reed (as Roland Reed)


Robert Ellis (screenplay), Helen Logan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Andy Clyde ... Grandpa Hopkins
Lucile Gleason ... Molly 'Ma' Wallace (as Lucille Gleason)
Roger Imhof Roger Imhof ... Pa Wallace
Ben Alexander ... George Wallace
Ann Doran ... Mary Wallace
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Willie Wallace
Paula Stone ... Edna Wallace
Jack Randall ... Nordingham (as Addison Randall)
Sam Flint ... Franklin Q. Whitney
Eleanor Stewart ... Celeste - the Maid
Herbert Clifton ... Perkins


Pa Wallace, an ardent member of the Whales, is offered a chance to invest $5,000 in a gold mine by the head of the Whales, Grand Harpoon F. Q. Whitney. Mrs Wallace is opposed but the four Wallace children, Willie, George, Edna and Mary are all for it, on the premise that if Pa makes some easy money, they can continue to loaf. Grandpa, a kindly but meddling old soul also arrives for a visit. Money begins to roll in but not as fast as the children spend it. The bubble bursts when the police arrest Whitney and his accomplice Nordingham as swindlers involved in a pyramid scheme. Stone broke and without the money to pay the mortgage Pa put on the house, the clan moves back to their small, old home. The children come through and knuckle down down to work to help the family recover. Then, Grandpa tells them that the gold mine never existed and the monthly checks had been coming from him, as he was anxious to prove that they weren't just loafers. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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RIOTOUS! The intriguing story of the reckless Wallaces...plunging rashly down the dizzy course of their mad life...never heeding danger signals!


Comedy | Family


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Release Date:

29 November 1936 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Andy Clyde was actually four years younger than'Lucile Gleason', who played his daughter. See more »


Remake of In the Money (1933) See more »

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old timey flim flam film. its ok.
5 February 2018 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Bickering kids. lots of running up and down stairs. Pa Wallace goes off to his lodge meeting, and it took 15 minutes just for that to happene. He meets some out of towners, and the Wallaces invest in a gold mine...What could go wrong ?? Lots of loud yelling, although talkies had been around for six years already. Ma Wallace is Lucille Gleason, real life wife of stumbling, bumbling detective James Gleason in so many detective stories. The middle part of the film really drags on with nothingness ... while we wait to see what happens with the gold mines. Directed by Roland Reed... he only directed SEVEN films... one in the 1920s, four in the 1930s, one in the 1940s, and one in the 1950s. How odd. and this is from Chesterfield Pictures... they were only around for twelve years, but put out TONS of films. Sound and picture quality are pretty terrible. If there's a good copy somewhere, it could use a restoration. There are a couple of funny bits -- all of Pa's lodge costumes. Some clever jokes. All done in 70 minutes.

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