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Fast Life (1932)

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 »

Directors:

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

Writers:

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

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 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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Taglines:

laffs! Laffs! LAFFS! (oiginal ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Let's Go See more »

Filming Locations:

San Pedro Bay, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The wooden speedboats seen in the film were two of the six "Miss Catalina" series of wooden-hulled boats built by Catalina Speedboat Co. between 1922 and 1939. They were powered by WWI-era Liberty V-12 aircraft engines and could reach speeds of 55 mph. Due to high maintenance and running costs (the V-12 engine could burn through 30 gallons of gas per hour), they were retired from tourist duty in 1958. See more »

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A William Haynes comedy is a William Haynes comedy.
5 November 2006 | by mkilmerSee all my reviews

As much as I love comedies of this era, formulae and all, I struggle with them when there is no character for which to root and the punchline is missing. William Haynes as the "hero," Sandy, is a schemer, and you never know when he's on the level. Cliff Edwards as the his stereotypical sidekick is at least interesting, but Madge Evans as "the girl" is not. Kenneth Thomson as her father ads some light moments, even as he's being swindled by Haynes. In fact, truth be told, Haynes wants to swindle the daughter, as well, but I won't spoil that one. Suffice it to say that she's the "love interest" and you know how these pictures work.

It won't hurt to watch this if you have a few minutes. It would have been much better as an hour long film, but at 82 minutes, it is still watchable. If you're a William Haynes fan, you ought to like it.

And I agree with Ron Oliver's review in this space.


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