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Speedy (1928)

Not Rated | | 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.



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Jane Dillon
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W.S. Wilton
Steve Carter
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The Dog


"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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Release Date:

7 April 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Ás da Velocidade  »

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Did You Know?


The ad seen by Harold on the subway for "Marx Heffler & Sharp" is a reference to the famous Hart Shaffner & Marx menswear company, still in business (as of 2017) and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. See more »


When the cab owner turns around and recognizes Harold at the baseball game, he takes the cigar out of his mouth twice - first with his left hand and tips his hat up, and then again with his right hand. See more »


Harold "Speedy" Swift: [Dodging traffic while driving Babe to Yankee Stadium] Even when you strike out, you miss 'em close.
Babe Ruth: I don't miss 'em half as close as you do.
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Referenced in New York at the Movies (2002) See more »


Speedy Boy
Written by Jesse Greer and Raymond Klages
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New York City, Harold & The Babe In Their Prime
2 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For a number of people, this is their Harold Lloyd film, especially if they are from New York City. I can understand that, as it's a funny movie and has great shots of what it looked like in NYC in 1927. (The film was released in 1928). It also is famous for having a 5-minute guest appearance by Babe Ruth.

My vote still goes to "The Freshman," as Lloyd's best but that's all subjective. This is a solid entry and if nothing, else it's a great showcase to see what The Big Apple looked like 80 years ago.

This gets off to good start, too, unlike a number of silent comedies. Harold's ice- cream parlor antics, as a soda jerk, are a lot of fun to watch. I loved the way he signaled his co-workers on how his beloved home team, the Yankees, were doing inning-by-inning. After Harold loses that job, he winds up driving a cab and then, at the end trying to help his girlfriend's father. The elderly man drives the last horse-trolley in the city and is being threatened by someone who wants to buy him out, and Harold comes to the rescue with a dramatic race to beat the clock in the final hectic 15 minutes of the film.

While he was driving the cab, he gets the famous Ruth as one of his customers and he's so excited he almost cracks up the cab and Ruth goes crazy in the back seat. It's a funny scene.

Also tied in with the film is a nice, long scene with Lloyd and his girl (Ann Christy) having a wild day at Coney Island. That, too, was fun and interesting to see. In all, a fun movie and a chance to see Lloyd finish up his great silent career, before films changed to "talkies."

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