Roaring Roads (1935)

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Young David Morton, heir to millions, has been over-zealously restrained from normal youthful activities by his two old-maid Aunts, Harriet and Agatha. In an outburst from his confinement, ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
David Sharpe ...
Dave Morton
Gertrude Messinger ...
Gertrude 'Gertie' McDowell
Mary Kornman ...
Mary McDowell
Mickey Daniels
Donald McDowell
Eddie Phillips ...
Alan Chambers
Vera Lewis ...
Aunt Harriet
Heinie Conklin ...
Al Thompson ...
Matty Fain ...
Charles Moyer ...
Helen Hunt ...
Aunt Agatha
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Young David Morton, heir to millions, has been over-zealously restrained from normal youthful activities by his two old-maid Aunts, Harriet and Agatha. In an outburst from his confinement, he meets lovely Gertrude, and promises to race her injured-brothers car in the Big Race. Between the gangsters trying to win the race by disabling him, and his bungling bodyguards trying to bring him home safely, David has a battle to win the race and Gertrude's heart. He succeeds in winning the race, capturing the gangsters and gets his aunt's understanding release. Written by Les Adams <>

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O Rei do Volante  »

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This has 'low budget' written all over it.
3 December 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

No-name actor David Sharpe plays a rich teen who is sick of being sheltered and over-protected. It seems he's the heir to a family fortune and his guardians are scared to death something bad could happen to him. So, he naturally feels smothered. It's so bad, he eventually runs away--looking for some excitement in his very dull existence. Through some VERY, VERY, VERY contrived situations, he soon meets up with a girl who asks him (completely out of the blue) to drive her race car in 'the big race'. I am sure this sort of thing happened all the time back in the 1930s!! Can David win the race, avoid killing himself and get the girl by the time the movie is complete....all in under one hour? And, can he do it when an evil baddie is conspiring behind the scenes to make sure David can't win?!

This movie has 'Poverty Row' written all over it. In other words, William Berke Productions had a minuscule budget and it clearly shows! Most of the actors are obviously non-professionals, as their delivery is very poor. Some stumble over their words, have flat deliveries or even talk over other actors. And, because it was a very quickly made B-movie, the director didn't even bother re-shooting scenes that were clearly mistakes. In addition, the story is very poorly written--with some bad dialog and silly story elements--with way too many convenient coincidences. So despite all these problems, is it worth seeing? Well, if you are a Mickey Daniels fan (there are at least three or four out there), then it's worth seeing him in his post-Little Rascals/Hal Roach Studiodays. This rather brash actor was in the tail end of his career when he made this film and was forced to appear in very low-end productions like this one. Considering his shtick involved a horrid ear-piercing laugh, I guess this was not a bad thing. Also, if you love absolutely terrible talent shows, then this is the picture for you! Otherwise, I say skip it.

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