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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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

One of only two films to ever receive an Oscar nomination for Best Directing of a Comedy Picture, and the only film to lose in this particular category. See more »

Goofs

When Speedy picks Babe Ruth up at the curb in front of the orphanage, there are street car tracks in the street and a street car waiting behind the cab. When the cab pulls away from the curb, there are no tracks. The street is not in Manhattan as a row of telephone poles is seen on the far side of the street, and there have been no overhead wires in Manhattan since the Blizzard of 1888 caused several fatalities resulting from falling power lines. See more »

Quotes

Manhattan Sight Seeing Tour Guide: [Using a megaphone] Ladies an' Gents: On your right is a vehicle that has defied the rush of civilzashun - the last horse car in New York.
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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

Featured in American Masters: Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Speedy Boy
Written by Jesse Greer and Raymond Klages
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Harold Lloyd at his best
7 November 2000 | by doc-55See all my reviews

Unlike some of his films in which Lloyd plays an underdog until his final self-assertion, here Lloyd plays a would-be Horatio Alger type who nevertheless is fired from one job to another, yet who is ingenious in handling every minor problem that arises, such as finding seats on the subway while still failing at every job. Highlights: The taxi ride with a terrified Babe Ruth; the old geezers defeating a bunch of hired toughs; a dog who comes close to stealing the show; a climactic mad dash across New York in a horse-drawn trolley; a tender not mawkish romance; and always the Lloyd charm and calculating innocence.


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