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Red Lights Ahead (1936)

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70 min | Comedy, Family

Pa Wallace, an ardent member of the Whales, is offered a chance to invest $5,000 in a gold mine by the head of the Whales, Grand Harpoon F. Q. Whitney. Mrs Wallace is opposed but the four Wallace children, Willie, George, Edna and Mary are...See morePa Wallace, an ardent member of the Whales, is offered a chance to invest $5,000 in a gold mine by the head of the Whales, Grand Harpoon F. Q. Whitney. Mrs Wallace is opposed but the four Wallace children, Willie, George, Edna and Mary are all for it, on the premise that if Pa makes some easy money, they can continue to loaf. Grandpa, a kindly but meddling old soul also arrives for a visit. Money begins to roll in but not as fast as the children spend it. The bubble bursts when the police arrest Whitney and his accomplice Nordingham as swindlers involved in a pyramid scheme. Stone broke and without the money to pay the mortgage Pa put on the house, the clan moves back to their small, old home. The children come through and knuckle down down to work to help the family recover. Then, Grandpa tells them that the gold mine never existed and the monthly checks had been coming from him, as he was anxious to prove that they weren't just loafers. Written by Les Adams See less
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Director
Roland D. Reed (as Roland Reed)
Writers
Robert Ellis (screenplay) (story) | Helen Logan (screenplay) (story)
Cinematographer
M.A. Andersen (photography)
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Updated Nov 29, 1936

Release date
Nov 29, 1936 (United States)

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17 cast members
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Andy Clyde
Grandpa Hopkins Grandpa Hopkins   See fewer
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Lucile Gleason
Molly 'Ma' Wallace (as Lucille Gleason) Molly 'Ma' Wallace (as Lucille Gleason)   See fewer
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Roger Imhof
Pa Wallace Pa Wallace   See fewer
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Ben Alexander
George Wallace George Wallace   See fewer
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Ann Doran
Mary Wallace Mary Wallace   See fewer
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Frank Coghlan Jr.
Willie Wallace Willie Wallace   See fewer
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Paula Stone
Edna Wallace Edna Wallace   See fewer
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Jack Randall
Nordingham (as Addison Randall) Nordingham (as Addison Randall)   See fewer
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Sam Flint
Franklin Q. Whitney Franklin Q. Whitney   See fewer
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Eleanor Stewart
Celeste - the Maid Celeste - the Maid   See fewer
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Herbert Clifton
Perkins Perkins   See fewer
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Gordon De Main
Detective (uncredited) Detective (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lester Dorr
Charles - the Chauffeur (uncredited) Charles - the Chauffeur (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack W. Johnston
Lodge Member (uncredited) Lodge Member (uncredited)   See fewer
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Matty Kemp
Jerry Carruthers (uncredited) Jerry Carruthers (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lafe McKee
Lodge Member (uncredited) Lodge Member (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert McKenzie
Joe Dorgan - Lodge Member (uncredited) Joe Dorgan - Lodge Member (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ratings Breakdown

5.9 / 10 | 43 votes