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A film about another American fad of the 30s. Small-town bumpkin Winfred Simpson is annoyed by the attention paid to his girl, Phyllis Jenkins, by a hotshot trick cyclist, Harry St. Clair, breezing through and impressing the locals on a personal appearance tour at the town theatre. When Phyliss turns Winfred down, he hits the road to become a success at the big 6-Day bike race. He meets Clinton Hemmings and they become partners as it is a two-man event, and get practice time for the race by getting jobs as bicycle messengers. Winfred, delivering a message to St. Clair at his hotel, mistakes a voice he hears in St. Clair's room as Phyllis, gets into a fight with him and hauled off to the pokey. The race starts without him, with Clinton riding alone. Finally getting released from jail, Winfred races on a "borrowed" bike to the "Velodrome" and enters the race just in time. An ether-saturated cloth, caught in his rear-wheel spokes, aids him more than a little as the other riders are ... Written by
Les Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Joe E. Brown during the early Thirties starred in a successful string of films decided to appeal to the rural audiences in contrast to most of Warner Brothers films which were decidedly urban based. 6 Day Bike Rider is a very good example of the kind of film Brown did while there. Over at Fox Studios Will Rogers was doing the same kind of films.
Joe is the bumptious country lad who seems to have two left feet, but does know how to ride and race a bicycle. Trick cyclist Gordon Westcott is making some moves on Joe's girl Maxine Doyle which is doubly bad because Westcott is slightly married to Dorothy Christy. Westcott plays your very old fashioned Snidely Whiplash type villain here, he does everything but twirl his mustache.
When he thinks Westcott's run off with Doyle, Brown hears he's entered a 6 day cycling contest and he enters too with partner Frank McHugh. The rules have them entering as two man teams and the track is a roller derby type affair.
Brown who takes a pratfall as good as I've ever seen has plenty of them in this film. Lots of good sight gags during the racing sequence which is about 25 minutes long.
6 Day Bike Ride is a good introduction to the comedy of Joe E. Brown.
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