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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:
Bernice Claire ...
Virginia Rollins
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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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The funniest comedy in ages and ages - two clerks pose as society playboys in a swanky summer hotel, and the laffs and fun that result top all records for speed! (original ad) See more »






Release Date:

24 August 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ganhando o Mundo  »

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(1929). Stage Play: Top Speed. Musical comedy. Book by Guy Bolton. Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. Lyrics by Bert Kalmar. Music by Harry Ruby. Musical Direction by Ivan Rudisill. Choreographed by John Boyle and Leroy Prinz. Directed by John Harwood. Chanin's 46th Street Theatre (moved to The Royale Theatre from 10 Mar 1930- close): 25 Dec 1929- 22 Mar 1930 (104 performances). Cast: Flo Allen (as "Ensemble"), Lester Allen (as "Elmer Peters"), Ray Apgar (as "Ensemble"), Theodore Babcock (as "Mr. Rollins"), Tom Barrett (as "Ensemble"), Laine Blaire (as "Molly"), Billie Blake (as "Ensemble"), Norine Bogan (as "Ensemble"), Irene Carroll (as "Ensemble"), Martha Carroll (as "Ensemble"), Samuel Critcherson (as "Vincent Colgate"), Sunny Dale (as "Daisy Parker") [final Broadway role], George Del Drigo (as "Waiter at the Yacht Club/Ensemble"), Irene Delroy (as "Virginia Rollins"), Alan DeSylva (as "Ensemble"), Adele Dickson (as "Ensemble"), Harland Dixon (as "Tad Jordan"), Valerie Dolaro (as "Ensemble"), Peggy Driscoll (as "Ensemble"), John T. Dwyer (as "Spencer Colgate"), Enes Early (as "Ensemble"), Olga Fox (as "Ensemble"), Louise Francis (as "Ensemble"), Mildred Franke (as "Ensemble"), Paul Frawley (as "Gerry Brooks"), Fred Furman (as "Ensemble"), William Hale (as "Souvenir Storekeeper"), Lon Hascall (as "Pete Schoonmaker"), Mildred Hosee (as "Ensemble"), Carolyn James (as "Ensemble"), Gene Johnson (as "Ensemble"), Marie Keve (as "Ensemble"), George King (as "Ensemble"), Jerry Kirkland (as "Ensemble"), Hilda Knight (as "Ensemble"), Willis Lawrence (as "Ensemble"), Irving Lesser (as "Ensemble"), Dixie Lester (as "Ensemble"), Arthur May (as "Ensemble"), Beth Meredith (as "Ensemble"), Hal Morton (as "Ensemble"), Kendall Northrop (as "Ensemble"), Hermes Pan (as "Ensemble"), Lloyd Pedrick (as "Bellows"), Lorraine Power (as "Ensemble"), John Quinn (as "Ensemble"), Helen Rauth (as "Ensemble"), Kay Reilly (as "Ensemble"), Shirley Richards (as "Shirley"), Ginger Rogers (as "Babs Green") [Broadway debut], Mildred Rye (as "Ensemble"), Paula Sands (as "Ensemble"), Charlotte Silton (as "Ensemble"), Frances Thress (as "Ensemble"), Elinor Walent (as "Ensemble"), Nondas Wayne (as "Ensemble"), Ken Williams (as "Chauffeur/Ensemble"), Dodo Wyatt (as "Ensemble"), Daniel Wyler (as "Ensemble"). Produced by Bolton, Kalmar & Ruby Ltd. Note: Filmed by First National Pictures [dstributed by Warner Bros.] as Top Speed (1930) as a Joe E. Brown vehicle. See more »


What Would I Care
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Cut before release in the United States
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Funny and Fast...
10 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

early Joe E. Brown vehicle with creaky plot and snappy lines. There are a couple nice musical numbers thrown in. Brown poses as a big shot at a resort and wins the girl and saves the day. But this is one of Brown's better early comedies. He is funny and has a nice dance number with the funny Laura Lee(who is in the Joan Davis/Majorie White mold). Jack Whiting in a solid sidekick, and Bernice Claire is also solid as a leading lady. Throw in Frank McHugh and you have a decent little comedy.

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