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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 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 »
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 »
Car racing at its best, and good actors add much to the story
This is a terrific movie for fans of car racing. There's live footage of real car races that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Clark Gable, is the tough ridden driver Mike, who seems to live under a cloud of doubt and blame which columnist Regina (Stanwyck) at first holds against him, deeming him the cause of another driver's death. But in time they work through their rough beginnings and then they find more understanding and acceptance. Both are strong-willed so it's an interesting match.
Adolphe Menjou also adds his abilities in a supportive role, always well done. I'm not a sports fan but did enjoy seeing these fine actors perform. I wasn't aware of this film until today when I saw it on tv, so it was a nice surprise. Very good entertainment.
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