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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
Lela Bliss ...
Regina's Secretary
Emory Parnell ...
Mr. Wendall
Frank Jenks ...
Press Agent
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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Taglines:

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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At 20:26 in the film, a close-up shows the Sports Final section of the Bainsville daily paper. Under Barbara Stanwyck's photograph (as Regina Forbes) three pictures of "sports stars" are shown: Kathryn Grayson, Walter Pidgeon and Gene Kelly. This must have been an inside-joke as the film and the stars shown were all under contract with MGM. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974) See more »

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Credited usually to Dan Emmett
Whistled by several characters
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"I bet women don't leave him alone, with all that sex."
6 August 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Surprisingly unexciting race car drama with two top stars. Clark Gable plays a war hero turned successful race car driver. He wins races but not friends, with his gruff demeanor and recklessness on the track. When Gable's tactics during a race cause another driver's death, reporter Barbara Stanwyck writes a scathing piece on him that gets him banned from racing. The two then enter into a ridiculous and implausible romance.

Black & white helps the aging Gable. Stanwyck's character is completely unlikable. Ho-hum, predictable, and formulaic. A waste of two top talents, even if they are past their prime. Awful title, too.


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