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To Please a Lady (1950)

Passed | | Action, Romance, Sport | 13 October 1950 (USA)
A former war hero and midget car racer meets his match in a feisty reporter who blames his reckless tactics for an accidental racing death.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Barré Lyndon (story), Marge Decker (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Mike Brannan
Barbara Stanwyck ... Regina Forbes
Adolphe Menjou ... Gregg
Will Geer ... Jack Mackay
Roland Winters ... Dwight Barrington
William C. McGaw William C. McGaw ... Joie Chitwood
Lela Bliss Lela Bliss ... Regina's Secretary
Emory Parnell ... Mr. Wendall
Frank Jenks ... Press Agent
Helen Spring Helen Spring ... Janie
Bill Hickman ... Mike's Pit Crew
J. Lewis Smith J. Lewis Smith ... Mike's Pit Crew (as Lew Smith)
Ted Husing Ted Husing ... Ted Husing
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Storyline

Mike Brannon is a former war hero turned midget car racer. His ruthless racing tactics have made him successful but the fans consider him a villain and boo him mercilessly. Independent, beautiful reporter Regina Forbes tries to interview him but is put off by his gruff chauvinism, and when Brannon's daredevil tactics cause the death of a fellow driver, he finds himself a pariah in the sport thanks to her articles. When she finds him earning money as a barnstorming daredevil driver hoping for a comeback, they begin to become mutually attracted. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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THE ROARING ROMANCE OF A RACING ROUGHNECK! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Action | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Hot Wheels See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A young Bill Hickman can be seen as one of the members of Clark Gable's pit crew. Hickman was famous as one of the top movie stunt drivers in Hollywood for many years, and his most notable on-camera role was as the middle-aged, bespectacled driver of the black Dodge Charger that is chased by Steve McQueen's green Ford Mustang in the film Bullitt (1968). See more »

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Because footage shot during the actual 1950 Indy 500 was used, Mauri Rose can be seen exiting the pits driving past the pit for the real car #17, Joie Chitwood (Mauri Rose and Joie Chitwood's pits were next to each other during the 1950 500 race). See more »

Quotes

Regina Forbes: It's like the Fourth of July and the heavyweight fight and the World Series all rolled into one.
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Edited into Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972) See more »

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Credited usually to Daniel Decatur Emmett (as Dan Emmett)
Whistled by several characters
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Suitable as light entertainment for Gable fans or a serious study by classic motorsport fans
30 October 2005 | by editor-222See all my reviews

Dreary day in Auckland New Zealand, October 2005 and TCM has "To Please a Lady " on twice in the one day. Between mowing the lawns, I watch it twice. Sludge overkill? If it had been about a football star I wouldn't have watched it. The story line is as thin as Gable's moustache. But the automotive background, 55 years old, is priceless. Some of the "action" scenes are stagey, but you can tell that Gable does some of the close up, high speed driving - you don't get wind buffet on cheeks and arms from driving at 30mph! To see an Offy' motor being stripped, to see inside what looked like a genuine 1950 racing shop and to see Mauri Rose in the legendary Novi was incredible. Not for everyone, but for classic motor racing enthusiasts this movie is a hidden treasure. You get the feeling that Gable must have been a motor racing fan.


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