The Wet Parade (1932)

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The evils of alcohol before and during prohibition become evident as we see its effects on the rich Chilcote family.


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2 November 2013 | utgard14
| I'm Too Drunk to Taste This Chicken
If I had one piece of advice for people wanting to try out films of the 1930s, it would be to check out any movie with Walter Huston in it. From Gabriel Over the White House to Kongo to The Beast of the City and more, the man was in some of the weirdest and most interesting films of the period. Here we have a film about the dangers of alcohol, made a year before prohibition ended. The film seems to be both anti-alcohol and anti-prohibition, which makes for some fascinating think-work about what the movie is really trying to advocate.

The film starts with Lewis Stone's Colonel Sanders-looking Southern patriarch, whose daughter (Dorothy Jordan) is trying to get him to quit drinking. After a short while we move North to a fresh-faced Robert Young and his lush of a father Walter Huston. The two stories eventually intersect as Young falls in love with the daughter. Prohibition passes which leads to a tragedy for Young, who decides to become a treasury agent and is partnered with Jimmy Durante (!). From here the movie hits a bit of a lull as we get a fairly typical T-man story until the final minutes, which are exciting.

The film offers some great moments such as the haunting image of Lewis Stone's final fate or the powerful scene where Walter Huston's wife confronts him about his bootleg liquor. The cast is excellent. The performances are melodramatic but in the best way. In addition to the stars already mentioned, we also have Neil Hamilton, Myrna Loy, and Wallace Ford. Not a bad lineup.

As an entertainment piece, I think it's solid. But it has added value as a historical curio, allowing modern audiences to get perspective on the thoughts and feelings at the time regarding an important period in our history.

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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Minneapolis Saturday 27 April 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), followed by Tucson 16 August 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4), by Spokane 16 October 1957 on KHQ (Channel 6), by Norfolk VA 17 October 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), by Portland OR 17 December 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by Honolulu 9 December 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), by Cincinnati 15 May 1958 on WLW-T (Channel 5), by Kalamazoo 17 May 1958 on WKZO (Channel 3), by Green Bay WI 24 June 1958 on WFRV (Channel 5), by Charlotte NC 5 September 1958 on WBTV (Channel 3) and by Durham NC 15 September 1958 on WTVD (Channel 11). Obviously avoided by sponsors because of its age, extreme length, dated theme, and pre-code story line, along with a strangely meaningless title, it was taken off the shelf only occasionally, usually in the less predominant markets. Thanks primarily to the presence of Myrna Loy in an important supporting role, today's cable TV viewers get an occasional opportunity to take another look at it on Turner Classic Movies.


Angelina: Ain't that purdy. I never get tired lookin' at them blue flames.
Moses: You best not get tired lookin' at them, sister. You gonna be seeing a lot more of them when you passes on!


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.


A Hot Time in the Old Town
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by
Theodore A. Metz
Played in the score when Wilson is re-elected


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