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Release Date:
5 August 1939 (USA) See more »
SAGE of the SPEEDWAY (original ad - many caps) See more »
Joe is the three time Indy champion who still races to put young Eddie through College. Joe wants a better life for Eddie... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ann Sheridan ... 'Frankie' Merrick

Pat O'Brien ... Joe Greer

John Payne ... Eddie Greer
Gale Page ... Lee Mason

Frank McHugh ... 'Spud' Connors
Grace Stafford ... Martha Connors
Granville Bates ... Mr. Greer
John Ridgely ... Ted Horn

Regis Toomey ... 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

Charles Halton ... Mayor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Arnold ... Himself (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Spectator (uncredited)
Nat Carr ... Spectator (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... Extra on Dance Floor (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Racetrack Official (uncredited)
John Conte ... Third Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Hal Craig ... Dick's Mechanic (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Racetrack Official (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Frank, Replaced Driving Mechanic (uncredited)
William Gould ... Doctor (uncredited)

Creighton Hale ... Racetrack Official (uncredited)
Sam Hayes ... Second Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Extra on Dance Floor (uncredited)
Reid Kilpatrick ... Announcer at Tote Board (uncredited)
Monroe Lee ... Baby (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Evelyn Mulhall ... Mrs. Martin (uncredited)
Wendell Niles ... First Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Patsy O'Byrne ... Annoyed Woman at Homecoming (uncredited)
Ted Oliver ... Racetrack Official (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Pit Man (uncredited)
Paul Phillips ... Driver (uncredited)
Georges Renavent ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
John J. Richardson ... Fan at Homecoming (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Racetrack Official (uncredited)
Garland Smith ... Reporter (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan ... Jimmy, Ted's Mechanic (uncredited)

Russell Wade ... Dance Extra (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Stubby, a Pitman (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Racetrack Official (uncredited)
Claude Wisberg ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by
Lloyd Bacon 
Writing credits
Sig Herzig (screenplay) and
Wally Kline (screenplay)

Howard Hawks (story)

Produced by
Max Siegel .... associate producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch 
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox  (as Sid Hickox)
Film Editing by
William Holmes 
Art Direction by
Esdras Hartley 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elmer Decker .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Francis J. Scheid .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Jo Graham .... dialogue director
E.A. 'Babe' Stapp .... technical advisor
Arthur Klein .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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85 min | 82 min (TCM print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Regis Toomey played the same character in the 1932 film The Crowd Roars (1932) of which this is a remake.See more »
Errors in geography: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Remake of The Crowd Roars (1932)See more »
California, Here I ComeSee more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Another Once Around The Track, 24 March 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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