The Perfect Circle Co., manufacturer of piston rings and related car parts, is now part of the Dana Holding Corp., as Wikipedia tells me. Why would I look up such detail? Because with "Speed Devils", a.k.a. "Thru Traffic", Perfect Circle managed to leave a (smaller) monument in film history.
This film was sponsored by them, very openly: beginning from the first title card, over some of their posters, products and brochures on display, up to the final "gag" of the script. The message is brought home more than once that it's better to use quality parts in a car - it could even save the life of the heroes.
The story deals with two race-car drivers who collide in an accident; running an auto repair shop; corruption in politics and investigative journalism; bits of romance in a triangle... quite a pack for one hour runtime, one might say.
All in all, I found it well watchable, and the twists and turns of the plot were often interesting. I'm not sure why Perfect Circle sponsored this film, but I'm glad they did.. and that the film survived the 75 years since its making in quite a good visual shape (sound isn't so hot, but this was still an early sound movie), and is in the public domain now and freely downloadable from archive.org - a real treasure chamber for mostly American movies of the 1930s and 1940s.
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