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Top Speed (1930)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  24 August 1930 (USA)
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An order clerk poses as a millionaire.



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Complete credited cast:
Elmer Peters
Bernice Claire ...
Virginia Rollins
Jack Whiting ...
Gerald Brooks
Frank McHugh ...
Tad Jordan
Laura Lee ...
Babs Green
Edmund Breese ...
Spencer Colgate
Wade Boteler ...
The Sheriff
Rita Flynn ...


Two clerks pose as rich playboys at a swanky summer resort. One of them falls in love with a millionaire's daughter who has a very disapproving father, until he wins, through fate and fortune, the Big Boat Race, in the vessel owned by his sweetheart's father. Written by Les Adams <>

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sweetheart | summer | resort | race | playboy | See more »


A million laughs...a thousand thrills...a hundred beautiful girls! (original ad) See more »






Release Date:

24 August 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ganhando o Mundo  »

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(original) | (Turner Library print)

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(Western Electric Apparatus)

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1.33 : 1
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In September 1928, Warner Bros. Pictures purchased a majority interest in First National Pictures and from that point on, all "First National" productions were actually made under Warner Bros. control, even though the two companies continued to retain separate identities until the mid-1930's, after which time "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture" was often used. See more »


In the Good Old Summertime
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by George Evans
Played when Babs is in the water
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With Mouth Wide Open
30 August 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Two penniless clerks, pretending to be industrial tycoons while staying at a lavish Florida resort, must keep their lies coming at TOP SPEED before their new wealthy girlfriends discover the truth.

Comic Joe E. Brown dominates this little film with his particular brand of slightly naughty physical humor. His agile body, elastic face and tremendous mouth are sure signs to the audience that laughs are on the way. Most of the time he's off the screen you wish he wasn't. He gets to do a little eccentric singing & dancing - ably backed up by energetic comedienne Laura Lee - which makes the rest of the movie's traditional hoofing look dull by comparison.

Jack Whiting plays Brown's buddy, and while a pleasant enough fellow he doesn't generate many chuckles. His romance with pretty Bernice Claire is faintly dull and his lengthy subplot - in which he races a motorboat and matches wits with an elderly extortionist - is interesting but really only serves to fill out the screen time.

Frank McHugh has some funny moments as a wacky inventor; Ward Boteler livens up a few scenes as a single-minded sheriff. Movie mavens will recognize an uncredited Edwin Maxwell as a petulant millionaire.

Ultimately, this is Joe E. Brown's film - another rung up the cinematic ladder to movies in which he would be the main star - both with the comedy and the romantic action.

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