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Speed in the Gay Nineties (1932)

It's 1890. Inventor Ed Martin has long believed and has openly stated that man will someday be able to fly. As such, many people, including the mayor, believe Ed is crazy and want to have ... See full summary »

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Del Lord
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Cast

Cast overview:
Andy Clyde ... Ed Martin
Helen Mann ... Jenny
Roger Moore ... Jimmy (as Joe Young)
Barney Oldfield ... Barney Oldfield
Anna Dodge Anna Dodge ... Mrs. Martin (as Anna Hernandez)
Delmar Watson Delmar Watson ... Junior Martin
Marvin Loback Marvin Loback ... Mayor
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It's 1890. Inventor Ed Martin has long believed and has openly stated that man will someday be able to fly. As such, many people, including the mayor, believe Ed is crazy and want to have him committed. Ed plans to prove them wrong about his mental capacity by winning the upcoming horseless carriage race at the speedway using his 2-cylinder engine machine which he predicts can travel 15mph, twice the speed of other machines. But for Ed to be able to do so, he has to elude the mayor and his gang and get to the speedway in time for the race. And there still is the small matter of whether his prediction will come true, all his other predictions which have not come to fruition... yet. Written by Huggo

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Weak Sennett Short
19 January 2014 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Speed in the Gay Nineties (1932)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Rather forgettable short from producer Mack Sennett takes place in 1890 as inventor Ed Martin (Andy Clyde) believes that one day man will be able to fly. The only problem is that everyone in town thinks he's crazy and they want to have him locked up in a mental hospital. Martin gets a chance to prove his predictions as being real when he enters a "horseless carriage" race and claims his car can go fifteen miles-per-hour. SPEED IN THE GAY NINETIES is a pretty bad movie and it's rather clear that the Mack Sennett company was on its last legs because this picture is extremely cheap looking and appears to have no screenplay at all even though four people are credited with it. There are all sorts of problems here but you know you're in trouble when the great Andy Clyde can't add anything to the picture. I will admit that there were a couple funny moments including the first time we see Clyde when he's got some wings and a tail on trying to take off. Outside of this the majority of the laughs are just downright flat with nothing working. This includes the entire drive sequence at the end and an earlier scene where a big chase is going on. The movie runs a tad bit shorter than most two-reelers from this era but even if they had chopped ten-minutes out this thing would still have been flat.


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