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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 »

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'Frankie' Merrick
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Eddie Greer
Gale Page ...
Lee Mason
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'Spud' Connors
Grace Stafford ...
Martha Connors
Granville Bates ...
Mr. Greer
John Ridgely ...
Ted Horn
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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
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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>

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IS THE GLORY OF VICTORY WORTH THE PRICE! (original ad - all caps, with original punctuation) See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance | Sport

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5 August 1939 (USA)  »

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The Roaring Road  »

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Trivia

Frank McHugh plays the same character in this film as he did in the original 1932 version titled The Crowd Roars (1932). The remake even uses footage of McHugh from the first film to save on production expenses. 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 »

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

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Remake of The Crowd Roars (1932) See more »

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Heaven Can Wait
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Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Played by the band at the nightclub
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Another Once Around The Track
24 March 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

While not quite the carbon copy that the two Dawn Patrols are to each other, Indianapolis Speedway and The Crowd Roars did use a lot of the same footage and dialog for its principal players. In the case of Frank McHugh since his character is killed in both Jack Warner really pleased the bean counters in his place.

The film was trying to establish John Payne as an action star. Payne who was newly acquired from Paramount really doesn't get his career stride until his next move over to 20th Century Fox. Here he and Pat O'Brien are brothers just as James Cagney and Eric Linden were in The Crowd Roars.

For reasons never fully explained O'Brien wants to both keep Payne away from a career in racing and Ann Sheridan. As Payne is an adult O'Brien is way out of line. But after their friend McHugh is killed it's O'Brien whose career really hits the skids.

Automobile racing buffs will like Indianapolis Speedway and the vintage cars, but the film will never make the top ten list for O'Brien, Sheridan, or Payne.


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