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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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A mechanic is describing a "hoodoo wagon" to Billy Coy and talks about one entered in the Indianapolis 500 that "had gone 490 miles with a minute to go" when it crashed into a wall. Ten miles in one minute translates to 600 miles/hour, well over the speed that race cars can attain. See more »

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Arthur 'Red' Stanley: [When Billy applies for a job] Sorry about that job, kid. I need another mechanic like I need a hole in the gasket.
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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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Great old movie!
8 January 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie screened today on BRIZ31 (Brisbane Community Television)

1949, Indianapolis 500 was in it's 33rd year. Mickey Rooney played the hard ass carby engine driver to a T! Sure, the backdrop of the great race track was exactly that, with Rooney walking around as if he was actually there, but let's face it, SFX was still 5-6 years away. :-) The story was fast paced and believable. Tough nut owners and their equally tough nut drivers. Punch ups were the way to settle an argument. Never mind a quiet talk.

An enjoyable yarn, with typical Rooney happy ending. 8 stars of of 10 from me.


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