To Please a Lady (1950)

Passed  |   |  Action, Romance, Sport  |  13 October 1950 (USA)
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A former war hero and midget car racer meets his match with an beautiful independent reporter who blames his reckless tactics for an accidental racing death.



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Complete credited cast:
Jack Mackay
Roland Winters ...
Dwight Barrington
William C. McGaw ...
Joie Chitwood
Lela Bliss ...
Regina's Secretary
Emory Parnell ...
Mr. Wendall
Frank Jenks ...
Press Agent
Helen Spring ...
Mike's Pit Crew
J. Lewis Smith ...
Mike's Pit Crew (as Lew Smith)
Ted Husing ...


Mike Brannon is a former war hero turned midget car racer. His ruthless racing tactics have made him successful but the fans consider him a villain and boo him mercilessly. Independent, beautiful reporter Regina Forbes tries to interview him but is put off by his gruff chauvinism, and when Brannon's daredevil tactics cause the death of a fellow driver, he finds himself a pariah in the sport thanks to her articles. When she finds him earning money as a barnstorming daredevil driver hoping for a comeback, they begin to become mutually attracted. Written by

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Release Date:

13 October 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Red Hot Wheels  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Clark Gable wanted the name of the movie changed because shortly before filming he married Lady Silvia Ashley and did not want people to make comparisons. See more »


During the "pit race", the closer shots were filmed with prominent "Mike Brannan" and "Brannan Spl." on the pit wall, but after a cut, the real #17 car is shown in actual race footage, which has no "Mike Brannan Spl." painted on the car just forward of the windshield, a tire obscures most of Joie Chitwood's name on the pit wall, and the pit wall is marked "Wolfe Spl.". See more »


Regina Forbes: [after a spontaneous kiss] What was that for?
Mike Brannan: I just wanted to do it.
Regina Forbes: You're some kind of guy!
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Car racing at its best, and good actors add much to the story
1 July 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a terrific movie for fans of car racing. There's live footage of real car races that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Clark Gable, is the tough ridden driver Mike, who seems to live under a cloud of doubt and blame which columnist Regina (Stanwyck) at first holds against him, deeming him the cause of another driver's death. But in time they work through their rough beginnings and then they find more understanding and acceptance. Both are strong-willed so it's an interesting match.

Adolphe Menjou also adds his abilities in a supportive role, always well done. I'm not a sports fan but did enjoy seeing these fine actors perform. I wasn't aware of this film until today when I saw it on tv, so it was a nice surprise. Very good entertainment.

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