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Hard, Fast and Beautiful! (1951)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 21 April 1952 (Sweden)
Tennis prodigy Florence Farley is torn between romance and her mother's ambitions.

Director:

Ida Lupino

Writers:

Martha Wilkerson (screenplay), John R. Tunis (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Trevor ... Millie Farley
Sally Forrest ... Florence Farley
Carleton G. Young ... Fletcher Locke
Robert Clarke ... Gordon McKay
Kenneth Patterson Kenneth Patterson ... Will Farley
Marcella Cisney Marcella Cisney ... Miss Martin
Joseph Kearns ... J.R. Carpenter
William Hudson ... Interne
George Fisher George Fisher ... George Fisher - Announcer
Arthur Little Jr. Arthur Little Jr. ... Arthur Litte Jr. - Commentator at Forest Hills
Bert Whitley Bert Whitley ... Young official
Edwin Reimers Edwin Reimers ... Announcer
Don Kent Don Kent ... Umpire
William Irving William Irving ... Umpire
Barbara Brier Barbara Brier ... Girl
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Storyline

Boy (Gordon) meets girl (Florence), sharing an interest in tennis. But Florence has a supremely ambitious mother who intends to push her ahead regardless (she barely knows her own husband exists). Florence's tennis career rapidly advances, thanks to mother's manipulation and a promotion-minded coach; building toward the inevitable conflict between the fulfilment of Mother's dreams...and daughter's. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE PRICE OF FAME IN THE BIG-TIME TENNIS RACKET! (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1952 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Mother of a Champion See more »

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Production Co:

The Filmakers See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the 1930 novel "American Girl" by John R. Tunis, which is a fictionalized account of the life of Helen Wills, a top female tennis player of the 1920s and 1930s. She won 31 Grand Slam tournaments, including 19 singles titles, and 2 Gold Medals at the 1924 Olympics in Paris for singles and doubles. See more »

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Featured in Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies (2000) See more »

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Lupino's perspective is fascinating
10 March 2000 | by aromatic-2See all my reviews

This movie turns its characters' souls inside-out, but never deviates from its pacing or its sports theme. Interesting performances punctuate an early 50's version of a woman trying to find her own way by eschew popular convention. The studio ending forced upon Lupino blunts some of the intended effect.


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