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Speed Week (1957)

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This Sportscope entry chronicles the automobile races staged as part of Speed Week, held annually in Nassau, Bahamas.





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André Baruch ...
Narrator (voice) (as Andre Baruch)


Nassau in the Bahamas hosts sports car racing. Cars arrive in December 1956 on a boat from Miami; they proceed in a parade to the course at the airport. Fans can study the races at Blackbeard's Tavern. On Friday, men race 70 miles for the Governor's Cup. The main rivalry is between Carroll Shelby and the Marquis de Portago, both in Ferraris. On Saturday, women race; thrills include a fire beneath the seat of one calm driver. The winner is a New York City sports reporter. On Sunday, the governor will present the cup to the winner of a 210-mile race Trophy Race. Sterling Moss, in a Maserati that was worked on up until the moment of the race, is the surprise winner. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This is one of several short subjects, already in the can, and slated for release by RKO Radio Pictures as part of their Sportscopes 1956-1957 season, but which received no theatrical distribution at the time, as a result of the demise of RKO. In 1994, they became part of the TCM library and, for the past 20+ years, finally saw the light of day through occasional airings on cable television. See more »


Lloyd Williams is incorrectly referred to as Bill Lloyd by the narrator. See more »


Narrator: [Last lines] Stirling Moss wins the cup in Nassau's unmatched and unmatchable speed week.
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Fair but Nothing Overly Special
26 September 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Speed Week (1957)

** (out of 4)

Yet another entry in the hardly-ever interesting RKO/Sportscope series, which has been showing up on Turner Classic Movies the past several months. This time out we travel to Nassau, Bahamas where we see the famous "Speed Week" where various automobile races are held. Andre Baruch once again does the narration and once again nearly put me to sleep. The more I see from this series the more I'm starting to think its main goal was trying to have the same magic as MGM's Passing Parade or TravelTalks series. This series from RKO rarely comes close to either of those and this here is another example of a film that doesn't work. The narration always hits me as being a tad bit off from what we're actually seeing. When there's comedy on the screen the narration seems to be dry and dark. When there's something more dramatic on the screen then we get a light hearted narration of the events. The visuals here aren't too bad but in the end this short comes off pretty lifeless.

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