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Ghost Parade (1931)

Passed | | Short, Comedy, Mystery | 24 May 1931 (USA)
A series of strange, inexplicable, and increasingly frightening events takes place in Mosby Manor.

Director:

Mack Sennett

Writers:

John A. Waldron (story and dialogue), Earle Rodney (story and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Andy Clyde ... Andy Martin
Marjorie Beebe ... Marge Smith
Harry Gribbon ... The Constable
Frank Eastman Frank Eastman ... Frankie Martin
Marion Sayers ... Mrs. Cummings
Babe Stafford Babe Stafford ... Mr. Cummings
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When Mr. Martin and everyone else in Mosby Manor hears strange noises during the night, they fear that it might be the ghost of Martin's uncle, who died in the Civil War. But the next day, the local constable investigates, and he finds mice in the attic who are making the odd sounds by crawling across some musical instruments stored there. But their relief does not last long. As they are showing the house to some potential buyers, a new series of strange, inexplicable, and increasingly frightening events begins. Written by Snow Leopard

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Short | Comedy | Mystery

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Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1931 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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A Comedy Without the Laughs
21 October 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Ghost Parade (1931)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Unfunny film from Mack Sennett has Andy Clyde and a group of people in a creepy old house when they start to experience various hauntings. A constable (Harry Gribbon) comes to investigate but does very little other than flirt with a cute woman. GHOST PARADE is a pretty bad spoof of the "old dark house" genre and it's pretty worthless from start to finish. There were a couple mildly interesting moments but those are few and very far between and for the most part you're just sitting there watching forced jokes fall flat on their face. I think the biggest problem is that the film doesn't even try to be funny. There's never any clear work being done to get a joke to work and instead it seems like everyone is just going through the motions. There's a sequence with a talking dog, which is just embarrassing. There's an even dumber sequence where everyone is eating at the dinner table when stuff starts to happen below. Both Clyde and Gribbon are wasted in their roles as is the rest of the supporting cast. I'm sure Sennett was trying to do something with this movie but it's clear that his style of comedy was way past its prime.


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