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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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Mike's Pit Crew
J. Lewis Smith ...
Mike's Pit Crew (as Lew Smith)
Ted Husing ...
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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 duke1029@aol.com

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THE ROARING ROMANCE OF A RACING ROUGHNECK! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Action | Romance | Sport

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13 October 1950 (USA)  »

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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 »

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Mike Brannan: [carrying Stanwyck in his arms] All the soft spots aren't on the track.
Regina Forbes: Well, you keep your mind on the ones that are.
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okay, but wouldn't you think Gable and Stanwyck could have had something else?
2 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clark Gable and Barbara Stanwyck star in "To Please a Lady," a 1950 film directed by Clarence Brown. Adolphe Menjou also stars.

It took Gable's career a while to get back on track - excuse the pun - after World War II. He was older than the other matinée idols, he was a grieving widower when he returned from the war, and the indelible image he had created as Rhett Butler would haunt him. It wasn't until the mid-fifties that he really found his groove with some very good films.

This is one of the ordinary type films Gable made during this period, and here he's joined by Barbara Stanwyck as a sharp columnist. She is critical of midget car racer Gable when, during a race, another driver is killed, and he was part of the collision. She basically destroys his career in midget car racing. After some stunt driving, he earns enough to buy a car to enter the big car races. Feeling at first guilty about hurting his career, Stanwyck seeks him out while he's stunt driving; they fall for one another, but she can't get past his ruthlessness in competition.

Both stars are very good. Stanwyck did these cold businesswomen well. She's moving here into older women roles, her wonderful figure intact.

There is a lot of speedway racing in this film.

This movie is pleasant enough, but it would have been nice if stars of this stature could have been given a really top-notch script and production values.


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