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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

HILARIOUS FUN! You'll roar at this SPEEDY travesty on an old trolley and it's trappings! (Print Ad- Saskatoon Phoenix, ((Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)) 21 April 1928) See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Family

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

During the Coney Island magic mirror scene, Harold Lloyd gives the middle finger to his reflection in the mirror. This obscene gesture was permitted by censors in motion pictures prior to the enforcement of the draconian Hays Code in 1934 and can be seen in a number of other contemporary films such as The Lost Squadron (1932). See more »

Goofs

When Speedy (Harold Swift) gets his summons to appear in court for his reckless driving, it's dated July 30, and he's to appear on August 27, 1927. A minute later he reads the "Last Minute News" column in the paper about Babe Ruth signing baseballs, and it says at the bottom (before they focus on the ball signing particulars) that he hit his 58th home run yesterday. He did that on September 29, 1927 (and actually hit two that day, bringing his total to 59). By July 30 of that year, he had "only" hit 34 home runs. See more »

Quotes

Steve Carter: If you don't take this offer, the chances are you'll get nothing!
Pop Dillon - Her Grand-daddy: Well, I ain't got nothin', so if I don't get nothin' - I won't have nothin' less than I've got.
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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

References Sally's Shoulders (1928) See more »

Soundtracks

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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