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The Speed Kings (1913)

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Action scenes of early automobile racing highlight this story of Papa's efforts to thwart Mabel's romantic infatuation with a race car driver.


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Cast overview:
Ford Sterling ...
Teddy Tetzlaff ...
Himself - a Race Car Driver - Mabel's Choice (as Teddy Tetzlaft)
Earl Cooper ...
Himself - a Race Car Driver
Himself - a Race Car Driver
Billy Jacobs ...
Boy in Crowd (as Paul Jacobs)


Papa is taking his daughter Mabel to an automobile race. Mabel is in love with Teddy Tetzlaff, but Papa prefers Earl Cooper, and he schemes to try to prevent Tetzlaff from winning the race. As the race begins, Papa and Mabel are watching it together with conflicting loyalties and strong emotions. Written by Snow Leopard

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Short | Action | Comedy





Release Date:

30 October 1913 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Speed Kings Tetzlaff and Earl Cooper  »

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1.33 : 1
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The main titles and the inter-titles both misspell race car driver Teddy Tetzlaff's name as "Tetzlaft". His name is shown spelled correctly when his racing car is seen with the name painted on it. See more »

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Showing up Rudely
5 November 2006 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

Ah, Mabel Normand, from the days when being a wild cokeheaded actress meant something. This is an early one from the Keystone days and the print I saw had some inexplicable stuff tacked onto the end, looked like Fatty and Laurel fighting for some reason.

The main film is a car race with a mean ol daddy who will give his daughter, the desirable Mabel, to the winner. She prefers one fellow, Teddy Tetzlaff, and her dad roots for Earl Cooper. It seems that is the names of the actors. The print carries no credits.

Oddly, the bad guy wins, and we have no reason to know why he is a bad guy, nor why Mabel seems unfazed. Its after the race that the unexplained tussle between two guys we haven't seen before occurs. There are crowd scenes, so this may have been one of those movies made on a day when a real race was run. The race footage might have been exciting for the times.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.

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