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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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Complete credited cast:
Jane Dillon
Pop Dillon - Jane's Grand-daddy
W.S. Wilton
Steve Carter
King Tut the Dog ...
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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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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Release Date:

7 April 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Ás da Velocidade  »

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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 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 »


Harold "Speedy" Swift: I got a tip that there's a tough gang coming down to take Pop's car.
Old Man Card Player 1: Boys, if anybody tries to take this car, we ought to have somethin' to say about it!
Civil War Veteran: Us boys fought in the Civil War an' our old password was - "it smells like rain." If you get in trouble, pass the word "it smells like rain"; Jed'll blow his bugle - an' we'll all be there.
Old Man Card Player 2: In twenty years, I ain't fought with nobody but my wife - an' I'm right on edge!
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Speedy Boy
Written by Jesse Greer and Raymond Klages
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Essential for Lloyd fans; New York in the 20s the icing on top
18 February 2000 | by (Montreal, Quebec) – See all my reviews

A delightful Harold Lloyd piece in which, in a nice change of pace, his character is a self-assured, confident young man living in New York during the roaring twenties, who loves baseball as much as he loves his girlfriend. Trouble is afoot however, when business tycoons try to buyout his father-in-law's lone horse and buggy track for their development. Things turn unlawful when goons are hired to try and thwart the buggy's run, which must be made at least once every 24 hours, or Pop can lose his license.

Everything plays out in the traditional Lloyd way, with wonderful gags and set pieces, but the biggest treat of all is the roughly twenty minute escape Lloyd takes with his girl to Coney Island. Wonderfully shot, it is truly a pleasure to see Coney Island in it's hey day. As well, Babe Ruth does a nice turn playing himself.

A must see.

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