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Indianapolis Speedway (1939)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 5 August 1939 (USA)
Joe is the three time Indy champion who still races to put young Eddie through College. Joe wants a better life for Eddie, and he explodes when he finds out that Eddie quit school for a ... See full summary »

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Sig Herzig (screenplay), Wally Kline (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Sheridan ... 'Frankie' Merrick
Pat O'Brien ... Joe Greer
John Payne ... Eddie Greer
Gale Page ... Lee Mason
Frank McHugh ... 'Spud' Connors
Grace Stafford ... Martha Connors
Granville Bates ... Mr. Greer
John Ridgely ... Ted Horn
Regis Toomey ... Dick Wilbur
John Harron ... Red, Eddie's Pitman
William B. Davidson ... Duncan Martin (as William Davidson)
Edward McWade ... Tom Dugan, the Counterman (as Ed McWade)
Irving Bacon ... Fred Haskill
Tommy Bupp ... Haskill's Son
Robert Middlemass ... Edward Hart
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Storyline

Joe is the three time Indy champion who still races to put young Eddie through College. Joe wants a better life for Eddie, and he explodes when he finds out that Eddie quit school for a racing career. Joe tries to teach Eddie the trade, but they separate when Eddie will not drop bad girl Frankie. When Joe causes the death of a driver at the next race, he quits racing and wanders around. Joe winds up at Indianapolis where Eddie is driving the Martin Special. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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IS THE GLORY OF VICTORY WORTH THE PRICE! (original ad - all caps, with original punctuation) See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Roaring Road See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This production and another Warner's production Red Hot Tires (1935) both have the same fictional 'SUNIONA' fuel truck in the same position relative to the pit wall and stalls of the subject competitive conveyances. See more »

Goofs

In the closing scene, the ambulances taking Payne and O'Brien are racing to the hospital, trying to beat the other. In the distance is a large body of water, most likely the Pacific Ocean, on which the actors are superimposed. Indianapolis is actually landlocked. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits all done using "windswept" graphics, indicating speed. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Crowd Roars (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

California, Here I Come
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph Meyer
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva
Sung by Spud on the train
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extremely easy to forget remake of a rather mediocre film
14 June 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The movie that this was based on, THE CROWD ROARS, starred Jimmy Cagney and was simply a better film in every way. Thanks to a very astute reviewer (Arthur Hauser), the footage of the races is identical in the second movie and many other scenes were just lifted from the original. So, apart from the remake not being original, why else did I dislike this film? I think the biggest reason was Pat O'Brien's character. While he was a controlling jerk in the original, in this case he also seems very shrill and totally unlikable. So here we have a retread movie with an unlikable star--what is left? Well, not much. All you really have is a time-passer. Period.

It's really a shame. The actors in the movie were better than the material and the complete rip-off of the footage from the original makes this a cynical attempt by Warner Brothers to expend little money or effort to squeeze a few more bucks out of an ancient story.


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