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The Galloping Fish is a 1924 American silent comedy film directed by Del Andrews and starring Louise Fazenda, Syd Chaplin, Ford Sterling, Chester Conklin, Lucille Ricksen, and John Steppling. It is based on the 1917 novel Friend Wife by Frank R. Adams.[1] The film was released by First National Pictures on March 10, 1924.[2][3]

The Galloping Fish
Lobby card
Directed byDel Andrews
Written byWill Lambert (adaptation)
Based onFriend Wife
by Frank R. Adams
StarringLouise Fazenda
Syd Chaplin
Ford Sterling
Chester Conklin
Lucille Ricksen
John Steppling
CinematographyMax Dupont
Conrad Wells
Thomas H. Ince Corporation
Distributed byFirst National Pictures
Release date
  • March 10, 1924 (1924-03-10)
Running time
46 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The film was later re-released by Selected Pictures in 1930 with talking sequences.[4]


As described in a film magazine review,[5] Freddie, a trained seal, is smuggled out of a theatre using an ambulance by George Fitzgerald, the fiancé of his owner, Undine, a vaudeville performer, to escape seizure for debt. Freddy Wetherill, George's friend, assists. The latter is notified that his rich uncle is dying and wants Wetherill's wife Hyla to nurse him. But the husband and wife have quarreled, so Undine substitutes for the wife and is accompanied by George, as Wetherill's valet. A flood engulfs the uncle's house. The occupants seek the roof, where escaping animals from a circus also find refuge. They are all finally rescued by the seal, who conveys them ashore with the aid of a telegraph pole.



Prints of the film survives at the Filmoteka Narodowa in Warszawa, Poland and Cineteca Italiana in Milan, Italy.[6]


  1. Munsey's Magazine, Volume 59, p. 7, c.1917 The Frank A. Munsey Company
  2. "The Galloping Fish". AllMovie. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  3. "The Galloping Fish". Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  4. "The Galloping Fish". Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  5. Pardy, George T. (April 5, 1924). "Box Office Reviews: The Galloping Fish". Exhibitors Trade Review. New York: Exhibitors Review Publishing Corporation: 26. Retrieved November 2, 2022. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  6. American Silent Feature Film Survival Database: The Galloping Fish

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The Galloping Fish è un film muto del 1924 diretto da Del Andrews sotto la supervisione alla regia di Thomas H. Ince.

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