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Speedy (1928)

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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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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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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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

"Speedy" is Harold Lloyd's real-life nickname, given to him by his father. See more »

Goofs

When Pop first stops the horse car to let a passenger off, the window to his right is up. When he resumes his route, the window glass is suddenly gone. See more »

Quotes

Babe Ruth: [after riding in Speedy's cab] If I ever want to commit suicide, I'll call you.
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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 . The addition of modern credits stretched the time to 86 minutes. See more »

Connections

Featured in Scoring for Comedy (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Speedy Boy
Written by Jesse Greer and Raymond Klages
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Essential for Lloyd fans; New York in the 20s the icing on top
18 February 2000 | by jagfxSee all my reviews

A delightful Harold Lloyd piece in which, in a nice change of pace, his character is a self-assured, confident young man living in New York during the roaring twenties, who loves baseball as much as he loves his girlfriend. Trouble is afoot however, when business tycoons try to buyout his father-in-law's lone horse and buggy track for their development. Things turn unlawful when goons are hired to try and thwart the buggy's run, which must be made at least once every 24 hours, or Pop can lose his license.

Everything plays out in the traditional Lloyd way, with wonderful gags and set pieces, but the biggest treat of all is the roughly twenty minute escape Lloyd takes with his girl to Coney Island. Wonderfully shot, it is truly a pleasure to see Coney Island in it's hey day. As well, Babe Ruth does a nice turn playing himself.

A must see.


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