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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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Joie Chitwood
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Regina's Secretary
Emory Parnell ...
Mr. Wendall
Frank Jenks ...
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Helen Spring ...
Janie
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Mike's Pit Crew
J. Lewis Smith ...
Mike's Pit Crew (as Lew Smith)
Ted Husing ...
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Storyline

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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CLARK GABLE - BARBARA STANWYCK - HE'S MISTER SPEED! SHE'S MISS SPITFIRE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Action | Romance | Sport

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13 October 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Red Hot Wheels  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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The film featured short-track midget car racing, a highly popular form of auto racing in post-World War II America. From the mid-1930's through the mid-1960's, most drivers who aspired to race in the famous Indianapolis 500 usually started competing in the midgets, then sprint cars (similar in looks, but more powerful and faster than midgets), then to "championship," or Indianapolis-type cars. See more »

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Because footage shot during the actual 1950 Indy 500 was used, Mauri Rose can be seen exiting the pits driving past the pit for the real car #17, Joie Chitwood (Mauri Rose and Joie Chitwood's pits were next to each other during the 1950 500 race). See more »

Quotes

Mike Brannan: You figure on doing another column on me?
Regina Forbes: You're only worth a couple of lines now.
Mike Brannan: Well, don't write 'em! I've been risking my neck with this outfit.
Regina Forbes: I hope they pay you well.
Mike Brannan: A hundred bucks a show, and I've been saving every dime. I'm gonna drive with the big cars now, and what you wrote about me doesn't go with them. So I'm warning you. Lay off me in the future.
Regina Forbes: [Amused] You're warning me?
Mike Brannan: You better listen to what I'm saying, or I'll knock that smile off your face!
Regina Forbes: [She laughs at him] Knock ...
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Featured in Gable: The King Remembered (1975) See more »

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Credited usually to Dan Emmett
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Suitable as light entertainment for Gable fans or a serious study by classic motorsport fans
30 October 2005 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Dreary day in Auckland New Zealand, October 2005 and TCM has "To Please a Lady " on twice in the one day. Between mowing the lawns, I watch it twice. Sludge overkill? If it had been about a football star I wouldn't have watched it. The story line is as thin as Gable's moustache. But the automotive background, 55 years old, is priceless. Some of the "action" scenes are stagey, but you can tell that Gable does some of the close up, high speed driving - you don't get wind buffet on cheeks and arms from driving at 30mph! To see an Offy' motor being stripped, to see inside what looked like a genuine 1950 racing shop and to see Mauri Rose in the legendary Novi was incredible. Not for everyone, but for classic motor racing enthusiasts this movie is a hidden treasure. You get the feeling that Gable must have been a motor racing fan.


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