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To Please a Lady (1950)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Jack Mackay
Dwight Barrington
William C. McGaw ...
Joie Chitwood
Lela Bliss ...
Regina's Secretary
Mr. Wendall
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 duke1029@aol.com

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Release Date:

13 October 1950 (USA)  »

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Red Hot Wheels  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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 »


Mike Brannan: [carrying Stanwyck in his arms] All the soft spots aren't on the track.
Regina Forbes: Well, you keep your mind on the ones that are.
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Fun to see the vintage racing footage
16 August 2015 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

A decent film of its era, with a very formulaic story arc between the two main characters. I had only watched this because Barbara Stanwyck was starring in it. I had no idea that it was a racing movie. But as a racing fan, it was a lot of fun to see the vintage racing footage. Even though Clark Gable was mostly acting in front of a projection screen for the racing closeups, they spliced it all together very well. And even though auto racing is dangerous now, wow, they raced open top cars with no seat belts at all, no roll bar, no fire suit, pretty much nothing at all to protect a driver except a partial helmet and goggles. Also fun to see the pit stops with a lever for a jack, and hammers to remove and replace the main tire nuts. Apparently, a lot of footage from the 1950 Indianapolis 500 was used and it was something to see.

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