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A quart in a pint pot
17 June 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Like many quota quickies- or the ones that have survived- Money For Speed has some surprising virtues as well as the defects of quickly-written, quickly-filmed stories. The most common defect is the attempt to cram the plot of a full-length film into an hour-long film and Money for Speed shows it; as a result, all of the characters are stereotyped without explanation for who they are or their motives- Mitch, the villain, is simply a villain from stage melodrama from the start, Bill the hero is a crude simple Aussie all the way through, Ida Lupino does her best with what would become her characteristic role- the tart with a heart- but doesn't have room or time to be convincing in her transformation. Indeed, one of the interesting aspects of this film- superbly shot footage of real speedway races and- given the time it was made and the economy required- surprisingly convincing and effective special effects- makes the plot yet more absurd and unmoving. All the same it's well worth seeing: if most of the dialogue clunks, the scenes in the commentator's box are convincing, even if they have to explain what's happening to the audience; the action scenes are well done; Lupino does her best with an underwritten part with some bad dialogue and the scene in the changing-room before the big race looks like a real brawl and carries a convincing atmosphere of hatred and the races are very well-filmed and exciting.


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