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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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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 ...
Janie
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Mike's Pit Crew
J. Lewis Smith ...
Mike's Pit Crew (as Lew Smith)
Ted Husing ...
Himself
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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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Passed | See all certifications »
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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

Mike Brannan: Well, what can we do for you that already hasn't been done?
Regina Forbes: You can give your eyes a rest and answer a few questions.
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Featured in The 54th Annual Academy Awards (1982) See more »

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Credited usually to Dan Emmett
Whistled by several characters
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It's a chick flic and guy's film
9 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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