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
The finale of the film takes place at the Indianapolis 500. The actual 1950 running of the 500 was used for these scenes. The actual driver of the 17 car for the 1950 Indy 500 was the real Joie Chitwood, featured earlier in the film as the owner of the Thrill Show Brannan was working in. See the Goofs section for continuity issues created by using actual race footage. See more »
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 »
I love this movie. It's one of my all time top ten favorites. The actual story line about racing is fairly accurate, with a little of Hollywood thrown in. It's a love story and a racing movie all rolled up into one. What more can you ask for. Clark Gable's subtle sex appeal just comes steaming off the screen and the chemistry between him and Barbara Stanwyck is the way you dream that love can happen. They are 2 different personalities, they have nothing in common, but you can feel the underlying animal magnetism that draws them together. If you are a real racing fan, you'll love seeing the the old midget racing footage, much of it is real footage, so for a real fan it's great. And so is the Indy 500 footage! It depicts the way racing really was back in the day. They raced midget's 7 nights a week and if you were good enough and got the right breaks, you headed for the Indy 500. Love and racing, it doesn't get any better!
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