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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.


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John Grey (story), Lex Neal (story) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




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


"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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Did You Know?


Lou Gehrig can be seen walking by as Babe Ruth gets out of the cab. See more »


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 »


Traffic Cop: Say, you crazy nut - where did you learn to drive?
Harold "Speedy" Swift: I didn't. It's a gift.
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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 »


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


Speedy Boy
Written by Jesse Greer and Raymond Klages
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Very Entertaining, & Also An Enjoyable Time Capsule From 1920s New York
12 December 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Besides providing plenty of entertainment from Harold Lloyd and the rest of the cast, this silent comedy classic is also quite enjoyable as a time capsule from 1920s New York, with wonderful footage of Coney Island and other sights, plus the amusing appearance by Babe Ruth. Even more so than most movies of its era, it gives you a very good feel for its time and place.

The plot has Lloyd, as perpetual job-seeker and job-loser "Speedy", trying to save the city's last horse-drawn streetcar, which is driven by the father of his girlfriend. The David-vs.-Goliath conflict gives Lloyd a lot to work with, and it is used to good effect both for gags and for character development. There are a number of good sequences, including a hilarious and detailed street donnybrook between the transport company's hired goons and Lloyd's ragtag neighborhood stalwarts.

The lengthy digressions from the main story also work very well. The taxicab sequence with Ruth is probably the best-remembered, and there is also a delightful sequence at Coney Island's Luna Park. Ann Christy and Lloyd work together well, and they make an especially pleasant and sympathetic couple in this sequence.

"Speedy" is a good showcase for Lloyd, since it combines action sequences that advance the story with other sequences that simply entertain and give you a feel for the characters. Overall, it has quite a lot to recommend it.

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Release Date:

7 April 1928 (USA) See more »

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O Ás da Velocidade See more »

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