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The Big Wheel (1949)

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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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4 November 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Thundering Wheels  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Home video versions of the film run under 89 minutes. See more »

Goofs

When Billy chases Happy Lee to tell him that his wheel is coming loose, Happy's car dies and Billy crashes into him. Both men are driving midgets, but the cutaway to stock footage of the wreck shows a roadster rolling over in flames. See more »

Quotes

Billy Coy: [Entering nightclub] Do you have a table for me please?
Club Head Waiter: What's your name?
Billy Coy: Alexander Hamilton.
Club Head Waiter: [Looking at his reservation list] I'm sorry. I have no Hamilton here.
Billy Coy: [Offering a $10 bill as a bribe] I have a Hamilton HERE.
Club Head Waiter: Well, Mr. Hamilton, I have your table right at ringside. Come with me please.
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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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My dad's crash is in this movie!
6 May 1999 | by (Brooklyn Park, MM) – See all my reviews

Perhaps the fondest memories of my father's life were those involving his one and only entry in the Indy 500 from 1949, the event chronicled in this movie.

My dad, George Lynch, crashed after the first lap, hitting the wall in the first turn near the camera bay. The event is captured in the film, with the racetrack announcer calling his name. Figures that my dad's one and only Indy mishap is captured forever on film.


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