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The Big Wheel (1949)

Approved  |   |  Action, Drama, Romance  |  4 November 1949 (USA)
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A brash young midget car race driver lives in the shadow of his famous father, a drunken womanizer, who was killed in an accident years earlier.

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Billy Coy comes to Carrell. His late father's mechanic Red hires Billy as a mechanic. Soon, Billy gets a job as a driver. Written by Daniel Ljungberg <meen@df.lth.se>

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Thundering Wheels  »

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In the 33rd running of the Indianapolis 500, Wilbur Shaw, the President of the Speedway, actually did drive the Pace car, as the movie announcer had noted. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, Billy crashes his car. A radio announcer is giving a play-by-play description of his rescue. A man and a woman listening to the radio smile and show relief - before the announcer says that Billy has been pulled from the wreckage unhurt. See more »

Quotes

Billy Coy: [Repeated several times with variations] If he gets in my way, I'll drive right over him.
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Referenced in American Pickers: What Happens in Sturgis... (2012) See more »

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Que Bueno
Written by Kermit Goell and Fred Spielman
Sung by Lina Romay at nightclub
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dated but highly watchable little-known film
1 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I picked this movie up in a dollar bin in a supermarket. I'm a race fan, and have never heard of it, the cover looked interesting, and hey, it was only a buck. I didn't expect much but was pleasantly surprised. Not only was it a totally watchable film in general, but but for race fans it offers a rare glimpse into the past. From the garage setting, to the tracks, to the vintage racing footage. I'ts the story of Billy Coy's rise from small time local race tracks to the Indy 500. I've been to the Indy 500 in 2005, its hard to believe how far its come. From some guy with "a few bucks" owning a car or team, to the millions of dollars and huge corporations it takes today. Like everything else in the world things seemed so much simpler back then. Something else is also amazing, Mickey Rooney looks exactly the same as a twenty year old kid as he does an eighty year old man.


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