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Night Parade (1929)

Passed | | Drama | 27 October 1929 (USA)
Bobby Martin, a young middleweight champion boxer, is an honest and decent fighter. However, on the eve of his biggest fight, he becomes entangled in the snare of a dishonest woman and ends... See full summary »


Malcolm St. Clair


Hyatt Daab (play), Edward E. Paramore Jr. (play) (as Edward Paramore Jr.) | 3 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Aileen Pringle ... Paula Vernoff
Hugh Trevor ... Bobby Martin
Dorothy Gulliver ... Doris O'Connell
Robert Ellis ... Mr. John W. Zelli
Ann Pennington ... Ann Pennington
Lloyd Ingraham ... Tom Murray
Lee Shumway ... Sid Durham
Heinie Conklin ... Heinie
Charles Sullivan Charles Sullivan ... Huffy
Nate D. Slott Nate D. Slott ... Phil (as Nate Slott)


Bobby Martin, a young middleweight champion boxer, is an honest and decent fighter. However, on the eve of his biggest fight, he becomes entangled in the snare of a dishonest woman and ends up framed. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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In one panoramic sweep-the roaring boasts of Broadway- and her whispered secrets! (Print ad- Simpson's daily Leader Times,(Kittaning, Penna.) 28 December 1929) See more »




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Based on the following Broadway production: Ringside (1928). Written by Edward E. Paramore Jr., Hyatt Daab and George Abbott. Directed by George Abbott. Broadhurst Theatre: 29 Aug 1928- Sep 1928 (closing date unknown/37 performances). Cast: Laurel Adams, Suzanne Caubaye, Warren Colston, Harry Cooke (as "Phil"), Ashley Cooper, Joseph Crehan (as "Sid Durham"), Carlo De Angelo, Brian Donlevy (as "Huffy"), William Franklin, Robert Gleckler (as "John Zelli"), Yvonne Grey, Dan E. Hanlon, Kaye Hastings, Donald Heywood, James Horgan, James Lane, Harriet E. MacGibbon (as "Doris O'Connell"), John Meehan (as "Peter Murray"), Packey O'Gatty, J. Ascher Smith (as "Radio Announcer"), Richard Taber (as "Bobby Murray"), Frank Verigun, Charles Wagenheim, William F. Walker, Bobbe Weeks, Craig Williams, George J. Williams. Produced by Gene Buck. Note: Filmed as Night Parade (1929). See more »

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RKO also issued this movie as a silent, with film length 1982.11 m.. No other details are known. See more »

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Watchable, but just
20 October 2014 | by fredcdobbs5See all my reviews

Somewhat interesting curio from the early sound days, about a naive boxing champ who falls for a flashy "flapper" just before the big championship fight, not knowing that she's a gangster's moll setting him up to throw the fight so her real boyfriend can make a fortune betting against him. As another reviewer has mentioned, this film is actually in much better shape than a lot of surviving films from that era, which makes it not quite as frustrating to watch (no hisses on the soundtrack, no irritating jump cuts because footage is missing, no tinny sound, etc.) as many of its contemporaries. The script--co-written by the legendary George Abbott, who came a cropper on this one--is simplistic to the point of laugh-inducing, the acting by all involved leaves a lot to be desired, the camera-work is of the "bolt-the-camera-to-the-floor- and-crank-away" school. Director Mal St. Clair was much more at home turning out the light comedies at which he excelled and shows none of the flair and sense of humor he was noted for. Actors step on each others' lines, there are awkward pauses where, apparently, actors missed their cues and a few other technical shortcomings and gaffes, but it's still worth a watch just for its historical value. Another thing it's worth watching for is a minor actress named Marie Astaire, who has a small part as Florence, one of the "wild" girls in the party scene that takes place the night before the big fight. She's beautiful, sexy and makes more of an impression than the two female leads. She didn't have much of a career (her IMDb page lists 24 roles, most uncredited) and I have no idea if she's related to the famed Fred Astaire (her IMDb page makes no mention of it), but she's worth paying attention to, as is the famous Broadway star Ann Pennington, who makes an appearance at the party scene and does a very racy dance that shows off her spectacular legs, which is something else she was famous for.

Overall this film actually has more minuses than pluses, but it's still worth a watch. You could do worse.

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27 October 1929 (USA) See more »

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Sporting Life See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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