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Speedy (1928)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Family | 7 April 1928 (USA)
Harold "Speedy" Swift, a fan of Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees, saves from extinction the city's last horse-drawn trolley, operated by his girlfriend's grandfather.

Director:

Ted Wilde

Writers:

John Grey (story), Lex Neal (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... Harold 'Speedy' Swift
Ann Christy ... Jane Dillon
Bert Woodruff ... Pop Dillon - Jane's Grand-daddy
Babe Ruth ... Babe Ruth
Byron Douglas ... W.S. Wilton
Brooks Benedict ... Steve Carter
King Tut the Dog King Tut the Dog ... The Dog
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Storyline

"Speedy" loses his job as a soda-jerk, then spends the day with his girl at Coney Island. He then becomes a cab driver and delivers Babe Ruth to Yankee Stadium, where he stays to see the game. When the railroad tries to run the last horse-drawn trolley (operated by his girl's grandfather) out of business, "Speedy" organizes the neighborhood oldtimers to thwart their scheme. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Action | Comedy | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Ás da Velocidade See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed extensively on location in New York City. The slums scenes, however, were built and shot on a backlot in Los Angeles. See more »

Goofs

When Harold is driving the trolley down the street, the cop on the sidewalk walks away from the "Guilt Edge Creamery" milk store twice. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: The only thing Speedy required of his employers was that their store be within phoning distance of Yankee Stadium.
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Alternate Versions

In 1992, The Harold Lloyd Trust and Photoplay Productions presented a 85-minute version of this film in association with Thames Television International and Channel Four, with a musical score written by Carl Davis. The addition of modern credits stretched the time to 86 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in I Graduated, But... (1929) See more »

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Speedy Boy
Written by Jesse Greer and Raymond Klages
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A Very Charming Film
19 October 2000 | by gelatofloSee all my reviews

SPEEDY might not be as tight as his other masterpieces- it's a bit episodic, yet those scenes on Coney Island are lovely all the same, and the way they set up a little home inside the truck is poetic. This is the last silent of Lloyd, and it reflects the helplessness towards progression and the nostalgia of the good old past, which is the essence of what makes this film so wonderfully rich and graceful. That attempt of saving the last horse-drawn tram as goal(instead of personal achievement), and especially the help from the civil war veterans and on-lookers(instead of himself as an all-able hero) is atypical of Lloyd, but makes this film warmer, special, and very lovely.


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