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Born to Speed (1947)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  12 January 1947 (USA)
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Johnny Randall, a young race-car driver, falls in love with Tony Bradley, who hates racing because her brother was killed in a midget car-race (the car size, not the driver-size.) To ... See full summary »

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Johnny Sands ...
Vivian Austin ...
Toni Bradley (as Terry Austin)
Don Castle ...
Mike Conroy
Frank Orth ...
Breezy Bradley
Geraldine Wall ...
Mrs. Randall
Joe Haworth ...
Duke Hudkins
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Johnny Randall, a young race-car driver, falls in love with Tony Bradley, who hates racing because her brother was killed in a midget car-race (the car size, not the driver-size.) To compound that, his mother also objects because his father was killed while racing in the Indianapolis 500. But he continues racing, even though he narrowly escapes death when a rival-and-jealous racer schemes to get rid of him. Then, after these narrow escapes, he loses his nerve, but enters one last race. Is there a gas-station ownership in his future? Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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B-Grade with some A-Grade production values.
31 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Basically a drama about Midget Racers (small, sleek single-driver race-cars with normal-sized V-8 engines that helped to kill many drivers in their era) and the hotshot son of a great driver who died behind the wheel. The only way I saw this is because I got a 35mm print of it in a film collection I bought. I don't know if it's public domain or not, but it's fairly entertaining. The lead actors are all no-names, but they look good and can act just enough to make it work. The Midget Racer footage is the highpoint, but sometimes the use of stock footage gets pretty bad (the grains and contrasts don't match up at all). It would be a 4 or 5 B-Movie without the higher production values, but the sets look A-Grade and lift it a couple points higher. Not a must see, but not a waste of time, good 40s fun.


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