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Speedway (1929)

Bill Whipple is a happy-go-lucky mechanic for MacDonald who thinks that he is the worlds greatest driver and lover. Mac has treated Bill like a son since he took him in. One day at the ... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Beaumont

Writers:

Byron Morgan (story), Alfred Block (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Haines ... Bill Whipple
Anita Page ... Patricia 'Pat' Bonner
Ernest Torrence ... Jim MacDonald
Karl Dane ... Dugan
John Miljan ... Lee Renny
Eugenie Besserer ... Mrs. MacDonald
Polly Moran ... Waitress
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Bill Whipple is a happy-go-lucky mechanic for MacDonald who thinks that he is the worlds greatest driver and lover. Mac has treated Bill like a son since he took him in. One day at the track, Bill sees Pat Bannon, and tries his best to impress her, but to no avail. On his way to catch a flight, he tricks Pat into taking him to the airport and she gets even by taking him up in a plane. He hates to fly, but will not show her that he is afraid and when the plane breaks up, he is a hero for rescuing her. This gets him publicity and Renny offers him his car to drive in the Indianapolis 500. Bill breaks with Mac to drive the car and puts it on the pole for the race. Then Renny double crosses Bill and plans to drive the car himself since Bill has tuned it so well. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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SPEED was his middle name! On the track-in love- the sky was the speed limit! (Print Ad- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle,((Rochester, NY)) 6 October 1929)

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

7 September 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coureur See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (musical score and sound effects)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When Haines's character arrives at the airport, Ford Tri-Motor airplanes operated by Maddux Air Lines are prominently featured. Maddux Air Lines operated in Southern California during the late '20s with hubs in San Diego (Lindbergh Field) and Los Angeles (Mines Field, later renamed Los Angeles International Airport). The airport scene was likely filmed at Mines Field in L.A. except LAX doesn't have hills around it. Perhaps Metropolitan in Glendale would be more likely. See more »

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Bill Whipple: Drive me closer to the curb, Dugan! Some of these girls may be near-sighted!
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The producers acknowledge with thanks the co-operation of the Indianapolis Speedway Association, and the actual participation of world-famous racing drivers in recording scenes for this production. See more »

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On The Race Track With Bill Haines
30 January 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Love & revenge, thrills & spills. A cocky young man. A beautiful young lady. A nasty celebrity racer and a decent old driver with a bad heart. They will all come together for the great Decoration Day Race at the Indianapolis SPEEDWAY

This is a fairly typical William Haines silent comedy. He chases pretty Anita Page throughout, engaging in antics so annoying they'd get him arrested today. Haines' personality is a bit much at times, but he is never anything less than entertaining. He benefits here by much location shooting at the famous Raceway.

The supporting cast is good: Ernest Torrence & Eugenie Besserer are the old driver & his wife who've taken Haines in like a son; Karl Dane is a good-natured, if slow-witted, mechanic; John Miljan is properly repugnant as the bad guy. The ubiquitous Polly Moran scores in her one scene as a frowzy hash house waitress.


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