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Fair but Nothing Overly Special

Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
26 September 2009

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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