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Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Millie Farley
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Florence Farley
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Fletcher Locke
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Gordon McKay
Kenneth Patterson ...
Will Farley
Marcella Cisney ...
Miss Martin
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J.R. Carpenter
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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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Mother of a Champion  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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At the 34 minute mark of the movie, Florence is playing a match in Seabright, New Jersey. In the crowd shot, there is a cameo by director, Ida Lupino, and fellow actor, Robert Ryan, who are shown applauding for Florence. See more »

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Featured in Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies (2000) See more »

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Despite the title, it's not a J.D. story....
20 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Despite the title, it's not a J.D. story....HARD: the egotistic, driven opportunist mother (Claire Trevor), FAST: the vacillating but easily influenced ace tennis player daughter (Sally Forrest), and BEAUTIFUL: the always polite, handsome boyfriend with the patience of Job (Robert Clarke) That just about sums it up. Viewers will marvel over how the girl's caring father is completely left out of the whirlwind tours and trips to Europe and ignored while pursuing her career. Outside of her devoted boyfriend, he's the only one who truly cares about her. It takes far too long for the girl to wise up and put her mother in her place, but it's worth watching to finally see it happen.


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