5.7/10
136
6 user 1 critic

Indianapolis Speedway (1939)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 5 August 1939 (USA)
Joe is the three time Indy champion who still races to put young Eddie through College. Joe wants a better life for Eddie, and he explodes when he finds out that Eddie quit school for a ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

San Quentin (1937)
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An army trainer becomes captain of the prison yard and in time, falls for the sister of a hardened inmate.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart
Comedy | Music | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A singing waiter gets into an argument with some obnoxious customers and winds up knocking them out. The incident is witnessed by a shady boxing promoter who sees an opportunity to cash in ... See full summary »

Director: George Amy
Stars: John Payne, Jane Wyman, Walter Catlett
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young orphan girl wants a small-time gambler to be her father.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: John Litel, Ann Sheridan, Frank McHugh
Mystery House (1938)
Adventure | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Banker Hubert Kingery invites fellow officers to his hunting lodge only to announce that one of them has forged critical company documents. Later, he is found shot to death, apparently at ... See full summary »

Director: Noel M. Smith
Stars: Dick Purcell, Ann Sheridan, Anne Nagel
Comedy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Lance is sent to the hospital to recuperate from a nervous breakdown. At the hospital, Sara is his nurse and she still holds a grudge from the last court case. At the hospital, a wealthy ... See full summary »

Directors: Bobby Connolly, Crane Wilbur
Stars: Patric Knowles, Ann Sheridan, Eric Stanley
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Professor Hardwick teaches at Winfield College and detests the new swing music that is the craze. He has written a rhapsody which he takes to New York to be published. Staying with his Aunt... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Ann Sheridan, Dick Powell, Gale Page
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A by-the-book patrolman who cares more about the letter of the law than justice feels guilty when his inflexibility sends a family man to prison.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Sybil Jason
Comedy | Musical | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An actor can only get a radio job if he can prove that he's an authentic cowboy.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Dick Powell, Pat O'Brien, Priscilla Lane
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Drama about three girl graduates of an orphanage whose paths cross.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Margaret Lindsay, Ann Sheridan, Marie Wilson
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Nightclub singer becomes police cadet to impress blond female from police family, ends up with her current dating partner as his cadet trainer.

Director: Terry O. Morse
Stars: Dennis Morgan, John Payne, Gloria Dickson
Wonder Bar (1934)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Harry and Inez are a dance team at the Wonder Bar. Inez loves Harry, but he is in love with Liane, the wife of a wealthy business man. Al Wonder and the conductor/singer Tommy are in love ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Al Jolson, Kay Francis, Dolores del Rio
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
'Frankie' Merrick
...
...
Eddie Greer
Gale Page ...
Lee Mason
...
'Spud' Connors
Grace Stafford ...
Martha Connors
Granville Bates ...
Mr. Greer
John Ridgely ...
Ted Horn
...
Dick Wilbur
John Harron ...
Red, Eddie's Pitman
William B. Davidson ...
Duncan Martin (as William Davidson)
Edward McWade ...
Tom Dugan, the Counterman (as Ed McWade)
Irving Bacon ...
Fred Haskill
Tommy Bupp ...
Haskill's Son
Robert Middlemass ...
Edward Hart
Edit

Storyline

Joe is the three time Indy champion who still races to put young Eddie through College. Joe wants a better life for Eddie, and he explodes when he finds out that Eddie quit school for a racing career. Joe tries to teach Eddie the trade, but they separate when Eddie will not drop bad girl Frankie. When Joe causes the death of a driver at the next race, he quits racing and wanders around. Joe winds up at Indianapolis where Eddie is driving the Martin Special. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

SAGE of the SPEEDWAY (original ad - many caps) See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 August 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Roaring Road  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Regis Toomey played the same character in the 1932 film The Crowd Roars (1932) of which this is a remake. See more »

Goofs

In the closing scene, the ambulances taking Payne and O'Brien are racing to the hospital, trying to beat the other. In the distance is a large body of water, most likely the Pacific Ocean, on which the actors are superimposed. Indianapolis is actually landlocked. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits all done using "windswept" graphics, indicating speed. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Crowd Roars (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played by the band at homecoming
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
extremely easy to forget remake of a rather mediocre film
14 June 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The movie that this was based on, THE CROWD ROARS, starred Jimmy Cagney and was simply a better film in every way. Thanks to a very astute reviewer (Arthur Hauser), the footage of the races is identical in the second movie and many other scenes were just lifted from the original. So, apart from the remake not being original, why else did I dislike this film? I think the biggest reason was Pat O'Brien's character. While he was a controlling jerk in the original, in this case he also seems very shrill and totally unlikable. So here we have a retread movie with an unlikable star--what is left? Well, not much. All you really have is a time-passer. Period.

It's really a shame. The actors in the movie were better than the material and the complete rip-off of the footage from the original makes this a cynical attempt by Warner Brothers to expend little money or effort to squeeze a few more bucks out of an ancient story.


7 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Vintage racing question tdf5g
Discuss Indianapolis Speedway (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?