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Speedy (1928)

 -  Action | Comedy | Family  -  7 April 1928 (USA)
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"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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Harold 'Speedy' Swift
Ann Christy ...
Jane Dillon
Bert Woodruff ...
Pop Dillon - Her Grand-daddy
Brooks Benedict ...
Steve Carter
Babe Ruth


"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 <>

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A "Speedy" travesty on an old horse car and its trappings. Chuck full of lightning mirth! You'll laugh yourself hoarse at "Speedy" and his horse car! It's Lloyd's latest laugh-mirth riot! See more »


Action | Comedy | Family


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7 April 1928 (USA)  »

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Speedy  »

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Harold Lloyd was such a popular star at the time, the Coney Island scenes had to be filmed secretly, with the camera often hidden from view, to avoid attracting mobs of adoring fans. See more »


When Pop first stops the horse car to let a passenger off, the window to his right is up. When he resumes his route, the window glass is suddenly gone. See more »


Harold "Speedy" Swift: [talking to Babe Ruth and not watching traffic] Gee, Babe, this is the proudest moment of my life.
George Herman Ruth: If you don't watch it, it'll be the last moment.
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Featured in American Masters: Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989) See more »


Speedy Boy
Written by Jesse Greer and Raymond Klages
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Very Entertaining, & Also An Enjoyable Time Capsule From 1920s New York
12 December 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Besides providing plenty of entertainment from Harold Lloyd and the rest of the cast, this silent comedy classic is also quite enjoyable as a time capsule from 1920s New York, with wonderful footage of Coney Island and other sights, plus the amusing appearance by Babe Ruth. Even more so than most movies of its era, it gives you a very good feel for its time and place.

The plot has Lloyd, as perpetual job-seeker and job-loser "Speedy", trying to save the city's last horse-drawn streetcar, which is driven by the father of his girlfriend. The David-vs.-Goliath conflict gives Lloyd a lot to work with, and it is used to good effect both for gags and for character development. There are a number of good sequences, including a hilarious and detailed street donnybrook between the transport company's hired goons and Lloyd's ragtag neighborhood stalwarts.

The lengthy digressions from the main story also work very well. The taxicab sequence with Ruth is probably the best-remembered, and there is also a delightful sequence at Coney Island's Luna Park. Ann Christy and Lloyd work together well, and they make an especially pleasant and sympathetic couple in this sequence.

"Speedy" is a good showcase for Lloyd, since it combines action sequences that advance the story with other sequences that simply entertain and give you a feel for the characters. Overall, it has quite a lot to recommend it.

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