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The Smallest Car in the Largest City in the World (1913)

| Short | 1913 (UK)
The Crown Prince Olav of Norway rides through the streets of London in a baby Cadillac. Later, three "royal testers" get in trouble with a burly policeman.

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The Crown Prince Olav of Norway rides through the streets of London in a baby Cadillac, a present to him from his grandmother, Queen Alexandra of Great Britain. This newsreel begins with him leaving Cadillac headquarters in his miniature car. Next, he is shown in traffic at the Bank of England, Royal Exchange and Mansion House. Then he passes the National Gallery. Afterward, he visits Lord Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square. Finally, Olav drives through the royal entrance of Marble Arch en route to Hyde Park. Next, a title card introduces Mona, age five, Tommy, age three, and Bobbles, who is one year old. They are the "royal testers." Mona drives the car through the countryside, as her two younger passengers enjoy the ride. They pass by a group of policemen. One of them gives chase on foot and finally catches them. He handcuffs the two older children together, wagging his finger censoriously. The last title card says, "Planning for the Future Generation." We see a tea party taking ... Written by J. Spurlin

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It's a pretty cute car.
28 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes i'm reviewing yet another ancient film, The Smallest Car in the Largest city in the World(1913). I've always liked cars at least as much as films. There have been many perfect blends(The Love Bug(1969), Duel(1971)). But this one is probably one of the first car films out there. The plot is King Olav of Norway drives around in a Cadillac Electric Drive. He's followed by a crowd of people and that's about it. Then we see three royal kids who get in the Cadillac and take it for a spin. But they speed and drive the Cadillac too fast and then get in trouble with a policeman. They get handcuffed. That's about it. In hindsight it's a pretty good movie. I say go see it and make up your own mind.


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