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The Big Wheel (1949)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 4 November 1949 (USA)
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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The RACE of his LIFE could be his ROAD to RUIN! See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance | Sport

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4 November 1949 (USA)  »

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Thundering Wheels  »

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Trivia

In the 33rd running of the Indianapolis 500 in 1949, Wilbur Shaw, the President of the Speedway, actually did drive the pace car, as the movie announcer had noted. See more »

Goofs

When Mickey Rooney runs out of his burning car near the end, we hear the gas tank exploding, but the car clearly hasn't exploded yet. See more »

Quotes

[Reno gives his tomboy daughter a wad of cash to buy her first dress]
Vic Sullivan: I wish you could be that generous with me!
Reno Riley: You'd look nice in a dress.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the following written acknowledgements: "Grateful acknowledgement for their invaluable assistance is made to the AAA, the URA, the Racing Drivers of America, the Indianapolis Speedway and Mr. Wilbur Shaw." See more »

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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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