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Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951)

 -  Drama | Sport  -  21 April 1952 (Sweden)
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Tennis prodigy Florence Farley is torn between romance and her mother's ambitions.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Millie Farley
Sally Forrest ...
Florence Farley
Carleton G. Young ...
Fletcher Locke
Robert Clarke ...
Gordon McKay
Kenneth Patterson ...
Will Farley
Marcella Cisney ...
Miss Martin
Joseph Kearns ...
J.R. Carpenter
William Hudson ...
Interne
George Fisher ...
Announcer
Arthur Little Jr. ...
Himself - Commentator at Forest Hills
Bert Whitley ...
Young official
Edwin Reimers ...
Announcer
Don Kent ...
Umpire
William Irving ...
Umpire
Barbara Brier ...
Girl
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Boy (Gordon) meets girl (Florence), sharing an interest in tennis. But Florence has a supremely ambitious mother who intends to push her ahead regardless (she barely knows her own husband exists). Florence's tennis career rapidly advances, thanks to mother's manipulation and a promotion-minded coach; building toward the inevitable conflict between the fulfilment of Mother's dreams...and daughter's. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Price Of Fame In The Big-Time Sports Racket!

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21 April 1952 (Sweden)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Starts well, then loses steam
2 June 2000 | by (Montclair, NJ) – See all my reviews

The acting and the viewpoint had me riveted in my seat in the first half of this little potboiler, before it turns turgid and never recovers. The tennis scenes are well done. This is one of those movies that seems headed for greatness, but in the end disappoints the viewer.


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