The Sport Parade

The Sport Parade is a 1932 American pre-Code film directed by Dudley Murphy and starring Joel McCrea, Marian Marsh, William Gargan, Robert Benchley, and Richard "Skeets" Gallagher. It was released by RKO Radio Pictures. Benchley also co-wrote the screenplay. The film includes location shots of New York City in 1932.

The Sport Parade
Directed byDudley Murphy
Produced byDavid O. Selznick
Screenplay byCorey Ford
Francis Cockrell
Story byJerry Horwin
StarringJoel McCrea
Marian Marsh
William Gargan
Robert Benchley
Richard "Skeets" Gallagher
Walter Catlett
Music byMax Steiner
CinematographyJ. Roy Hunt
Edited byJack Kitchin
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • November 11, 1932 (1932-11-11) (U.S.)
Running time
64 minutes
CountryUnited States


The characters played by McCrea and Gargan are friends from Dartmouth College, who play together on the college football team, and whose lives take different paths. Later, they move to New York, argue over a woman Irene (Marsh), and get involved with pro wrestling, which turns out to be run by local racketeers.


Pre-Code scenes

The film has become famous for certain Pre-Code scenes, including Gargan snapping a wet towel at McCrea in a scene where football players can be seen taking a shower in the background.

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