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Fast Life (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 16 December 1932 (USA)
Two sailors are leaving the US Navy after 10 years. In their spare time, one of them (Haines) invents a carburetor that should increase the speed that powered boats will run, but all that ... See full summary »


Harry A. Pollard (uncredited), Sam Wood (uncredited)


Byron Morgan (screen play), Ralph Spence (screen play) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
William Haines ... Sanderson 'Sandy' Burton
Madge Evans ... Shirley Norton
Conrad Nagel ... Clarence Burton
Arthur Byron ... John D. Jameson
Cliff Edwards ... Franz 'Bumpy' Jurgens
Warburton Gamble ... Halstead
Kenneth Thomson ... Mr. Williams
Albert Gran ... Van Vrinken
Ben Hendricks Jr. Ben Hendricks Jr. ... Sherman (as Ben Hendricks)
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Two sailors are leaving the US Navy after 10 years. In their spare time, one of them (Haines) invents a carburetor that should increase the speed that powered boats will run, but all that they succeed in doing is to sink the Admiral's launch. After discharge, broke and out of work, they find work with a boat builder who wants the fastest race boat in the World. They design the boat, carburetor and the engine but lack of money and the foreclosure of the business hinders their efforts to prove the new design. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The large vessel the speed boats race around is the S.S. Catalina. Built in 1924, it provided ferry service for up to 2,000 passengers from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. During WWII it was requisitioned as a troop transport around San Francisco Bay, carrying over 800,000 servicemen and women from 1942 to 1945. It was returned to ferry service in 1946. It was retired in 1975 as newer and faster ships came into service. It was bought by a private individual in 1977, and several schemes to re-purpose it, including a disco and a bar & grill came to naught. In 1997 it broke its mooring in Ensenada, Mexico and partially sank. It was finally scrapped in 2009. It has been estimated that this ship has carried more passengers than any other in history - upwards of 25,000,000 over its 50 year service life. See more »


Franz 'Bumpy' Jurgens: Well, spank me naked!
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Fast Talker, Fast Boat - Slow Movie!
26 October 2006 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

Rather boring film about a wisecracking braggart named Sandy (played by William Haines) who, along with his constant, practically joined-at-the-hip sidekick Bumpy, has invented a gas turbine engine which he hopes will make them both millionaires. They meet a wealthy young lady when her Catalina-bound yacht hits their rowboat, and seems her daddy owns a "boat works" company that builds racing boats - perfect for Sandy's new engine! Well, of course, she thinks Sandy is "awful handsome", but 'cause he's such a swaggering, conceited windbag who can't seem to keep his mouth shut, she sort of pretends to still be interested in her stuffed shirt of a boyfriend (Conrad Nagel) - and meanwhile Sandy tries to get the dad to invest in his engine and build a new speedboat to run in the upcoming International Cup race.

Well, I thought this film was just so so, it drags quite a bit through the middle, and has a lot of pretty improbable action going on involving Sandy and Bumpy stealing the new speedboat to try to improve the engine, with the cops constantly on their tails, firing gunshots that never hit them, chasing them via speedboats yet never catching them, and all the while the two men keep arriving back on shore, yet never get caught! This film does have some nice on-location scenes shot at Catalina Island, plus William Haines is always likable and Cliff Edwards (shucks, no ukulele in sight) as Bumpy is somewhat amusing here. Pete Smith plays himself in this, appearing briefly as the Cup race announcer. I thought this was a pretty mediocre film, though boosted up a bit by the appeal of the actors.

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Release Date:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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