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Galloping Ghost (1931) - Howard “Red” Grange - 12 Chapter Mascot Movie Serial
Red Grange (Red Grange plays himself) is thrown off the Clay College football team in disgrace when his friend, Buddy Courtland (Ralph Bushman), takes a bribe to throw the big game since he has broken team rules by marrying. Red then proceeds to investigate and hunt down the head of the gambling ring responsible for the bribe. Red eventually clears his name and both he and Buddy are reinstated on the team. The gambling ring is run out of the Mogul Taxi company. The crooks use all their wiles to keep Grange and Buddy from leading their team to victory.
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. Red Grange’s football nickname was the “Galloping Ghost”.
Harold "Red" Grange, nicknamed "The Galloping Ghost", (1903 – 1991) was a college and professional American football halfback for the University of Illinois, the Chicago Bears, and for the short-lived New York Yankees. His signing with the Bears helped legitimize the National Football League. He was a charter member of both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 2008, he was named the best college football player of all time by ESPN, and in 2011, he was named the Greatest Big Ten Icon by the Big Ten Network.
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During his time as a professional football player, Grange starred in two silent films, One Minute to Play (1926) and Racing Romeo (1927), in addition to this serial The Galloping Ghost in 1931.