Film Poster for Night Parade
|Directed by||Malcolm St. Clair|
|Produced by||William Le Baron|
|Screenplay by||James Gruen|
|Based on||the play, Ringside|
by Hyatt Dabb
Edward Paramore, Jr.
|Edited by||Jack Kitchen|
|Distributed by||RKO Pictures|
|71 minutes |
Night Parade is a 1929 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Malcolm St. Clair based on the play Ringside by Hyatt Daab, Edward Paramore, Jr. and George Abbott. Released by RKO Pictures in October 1929, it starred Hugh Trevor, Aileen Pringle, Dorothy Gulliver and Robert Ellis.
Bobby Murray is the middleweight champion, managed by his father, Tom. He is expected to lose an upcoming fight in defense of his title. A local sportswriter, Sid Durham, also thinks he will lose, but he has high regard for Tom. A gangster, John Zelli, also feels that Murray will lose, but wants to ensure that fact. Zelli enlists the talents of sultry Paula Vernoff to seduce Bobby, and get him to agree to throw the fight.
Over the course of several meetings between Paula and Bobby, she eventually, through seduction and alcohol, gets him to agree to purposely lose. Durham, through his connections, learns of Zelli's plot, and tells Tom what Bobby agreed to. Tom confronts Bobby, who confesses, after which he learns that a childhood friend, Doris O'Connell, who he always had feelings for, also has feelings for him.
Unsure of what to do, Bobby goes to the fight. Meanwhile, his father, Tom, goes to have a little meeting with Zelli, and makes sure that Zelli won't bother Bobby again. As the fight progresses, Bobby is on the verge of losing. But as he is knocked to the canvas a last time, he sees his father and Doris arrive ringside, giving him the courage to get up and win the fight.
- Aileen Pringle as Paula Vernoff
- Hugh Trevor as Bobby Martin
- Dorothy Gulliver as Doris O'Connell
- Robert Ellis as John W. Zelli
- Ann Pennington as Dancer
- Lloyd Ingraham as Tom Murray
- Lee Shumway as Sid Durham
- Charles Sullivan (actor) as Huffy
The film was also released by RKO as a silent film.
- "Night Parade: Full Credits". Retrieved April 2, 2014.
- "Night Parade: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
- "Night Parade: Technical Details". theiapolis.com. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
- Jewell, Richard B.; Harbin, Vernon (1982). The RKO Story. New York: Arlington House. p. 23. ISBN 0-517-546566.
- "Night Parade: Alternate Versions". Retrieved April 2, 2014.