The Galloping Ghost (serial)

The Galloping Ghost is a 1931 American pre-Code Mascot serial film directed by B. Reeves Eason and Benjamin H. Kline. The title is the nickname of the star, American football player Red Grange.

The Galloping Ghost
Film poster
Directed byB. Reeves Eason
Benjamin H. Kline
Produced byNat Levine
Written byFord Beebe
Wyndham Gittens
Helmer Walton Bergman
StarringHarold "Red" Grange
Dorothy Gulliver
Tom Dugan
Gwen Lee
Ralph Bushman
Music byLee Zahler
CinematographyTom Galligan
Benjamin H. Kline
Ernest Miller
Edited byRay Snyder
Gilmore Walker
Distributed byMascot Pictures
Release date
  • September 1, 1931 (1931-09-01) (United States)
Running time
12 chapters (226 minutes)
CountryUnited States


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.[1]

Director B. Reeves Eason was reportedly fired during filming and replaced by the uncredited Benjamin H. Kline.


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.[1]

Chapter titles

  1. The Idol of Clay
  2. Port of Peril
  3. The Master Mind
  4. The House of Secrets
  5. The Man Without a Face
  6. The Torn $500 Bill
  7. When the Lights Went Out
  8. The Third Degree
  9. Sign in the Sky
  10. The Vulture's Lair
  11. The Radio Patrol
  12. The Ghost comes Back


See also


  1. Harmon, Jim; Donald F. Glut (1973). "5. Real Life Heroes "Just Strangle the Lion in Your Usual Way"". The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury. Routledge. pp. 113–114. ISBN 978-0-7130-0097-9.
  2. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 204. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
Preceded by
The Vanishing Legion (1931)
Mascot Serial
The Galloping Ghost (1931)
Succeeded by
The Lightning Warrior (1931)
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