|The Galloping Ghost|
|Directed by|| B. Reeves Eason |
Benjamin H. Kline
|Written by|| Ford Beebe |
Helmer Walton Bergman
|Produced by||Nat Levine|
|Starring|| Harold "Red" Grange |
|Cinematography|| Tom Galligan |
Benjamin H. Kline
|Edited by||Ray Snyder|
|Music by||Lee Zahler|
|Distributed by||Mascot Pictures|
|12 chapters (226 minutes)|
The Galloping Ghost is a 1931 American pre-Code Mascot serial film co-directed by B. Reeves Eason and Benjamin H. Kline. The title is the nickname of the star, real life American football player Red Grange. Lon Chaney Jr. had a small uncredited part in it as a henchman.
Red Grange is thrown off the Clay College football team in disgrace when his friend, Buddy Courtland, takes a bribe to throw the big game and Red attacks him. Red then proceeds to investigate and hunt down the head of the gambling ring responsible. Red eventually clears his name and both he and Buddy are reinstated on the team.
Grange received this starring role thanks to his business manager, and theater owner, Frank Zambrino. The serial took three weeks to film and Grange earned $4,500 overall.
Director B. Reeves Eason was reportedly fired during filming and replaced by the uncredited Benjamin H. Kline.[ citation needed ]
This serial was filmed at a time before "stuntmen did mostly everything" which meant that Grange had to do a lot of his own stunts.
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