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Speedy (1928)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Family | 7 April 1928 (USA)
Harold "Speedy" Swift, a fan of Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees, saves from extinction the city's last horse-drawn trolley, operated by his girlfriend's grandfather.

Director:

Ted Wilde

Writers:

John Grey (story), Lex Neal (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... Harold 'Speedy' Swift
Ann Christy ... Jane Dillon
Bert Woodruff ... Pop Dillon - Jane's Grand-daddy
Babe Ruth ... Babe Ruth
Byron Douglas ... W.S. Wilton
Brooks Benedict ... Steve Carter
King Tut the Dog King Tut the Dog ... The Dog
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Storyline

"Speedy" loses his job as a soda-jerk, then spends the day with his girl at Coney Island. He then becomes a cab driver and delivers Babe Ruth to Yankee Stadium, where he stays to see the game. When the railroad tries to run the last horse-drawn trolley (operated by his girl's grandfather) out of business, "Speedy" organizes the neighborhood oldtimers to thwart their scheme. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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HAROLD TOOK HIS ENTIRE COMPANY TO CONEY ISLAND, NEW YORK, TO MAKE THIS PICTURE (Print ad- Calgary Daily Herald, ((Calgary, Alta.)) 7 April 1928) See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Family

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Ás da Velocidade See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

One of only two films to ever receive an Oscar nomination for Best Directing of a Comedy Picture, and the only film to lose in this particular category. See more »

Goofs

When the cab owner looks at Harold's two traffic tickets, they both have the same serial number on them in the upper right corner. See more »

Quotes

Harold "Speedy" Swift: Aw, Jane - why worry about losing a job on Saturday, when we can go to Coney Island on Sunday?
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Alternate Versions

In 1992, The Harold Lloyd Trust and Photoplay Productions presented a 85-minute version of this film in association with Thames Television International and Channel Four, with a musical score written by Carl Davis. The addition of modern credits stretched the time to 86 minutes. See more »


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SPEEDY (Ted Wilde, 1928) ***1/2
3 January 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Harold Lloyd's last Silent effort is also one of his best vehicles: as ever, production values transcend its simple, comedic nature - the film is particularly relevant as a time-capsule for its view of 1920s New York City - while the narrative itself is filled with enough engaging subplots to please just about everybody - Harold's failure to keep a job for long (we see him, hilariously, as a soda-jerk and a cab driver), his passion for baseball (replacing the game of football celebrated in Lloyd's earlier THE FRESHMAN [1925] and even featuring a cameo by one of its legendary exponents, Babe Ruth, as himself), not to mention an outing with his girl (Ann Christy - okay, if not quite in the same league as regulars Bebe Daniels, Mildred Davis and Jobyna Ralston) at Coney Island.

The main plot, however, concerns a gang of big-city crooks intent on buying out Christy's grandfather (who owns the last operating horse-drawn cart in town); this eventually results in two wonderful set-pieces: the lengthy brawl between the villains and the team Lloyd rallies to resist them, a bunch of mangled but enthusiastic Civil War veterans, and the exhilarating final chase in which Harold ultimately makes good by bringing in the horse-cart on time against all odds - a tour-de-force in the style of Lloyd's climaxes for both GIRL SHY (1924) and FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE (1926). Incidentally, the ousting of an old-fashioned means of transport was also the theme of one of Ealing Studios' classic British comedies, THE TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT (1953), not to mention one of Luis Bunuel's Mexican films, ILLUSION TRAVELS BY STREETCAR (1954).

Tragically, director Ted Wilde - who had also guided Lloyd through his finest movie ever, THE KID BROTHER (1927) - died of a stroke at the young age of 36 the year after he made SPEEDY but not before receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Direction of a Comedy Picture, the only time an award of this sort was handed out by the Academy.


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