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Throttle Pushers (1933)

Highlights the fast-paced and dangerous world of professional auto racing.


Jules White


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Cast overview:
Pete Smith ... Narrator (voice)
Fred Frame Fred Frame ... Self - Racecar Driver
Wild Bill Cummings Wild Bill Cummings ... Self - Racecar Driver
Stubby Stubblefield Stubby Stubblefield ... Self - Racecar Driver
Cliff Bergere Cliff Bergere ... Self - Racecar Driver
Arvol Brunmeier Arvol Brunmeier ... Self - Racecar Driver
E.A. 'Babe' Stapp E.A. 'Babe' Stapp ... Self - Racecar Driver (as Babe Stapp)
Barney Oldfield ... Self - Official Race Starter
Wilbur Shaw Wilbur Shaw ... Self - Racecar Driver


An MGM short with occasionally humorous commentary by Pete Smith who this time out tells the viewer all about the auto racing industry. Some of the cars have 200 horsepower and can hit hit 100 miles per hour. It features many of the racing stars of the day and then the race itself. Several of the cars crash with a couple of them looking quite severe. Written by garykmcd

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[first lines]
Narrator: How'd you do, people? Here we are at the American Legion Ascot Speedway in Loose An-ge-lays. Los Angeles, to you and me. Arriving at the speedway are the fastest cars in their class. Sturdy little engines of extreme velocity, extraordinary combustion, exceptional prepotency, and, eh, whatnot.
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Narrator Pete Smith identifies all remaining cast members verbally. See more »


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Pete Smith narrates sports documentary...
13 March 2011 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

There's not much you can say about this Pete Smith Specialty from 1933 except that the antiquated racing cars are a far cry from what viewers of the sport expect to see today.

Photography is dark and grainy, which doesn't help matters at the racetrack, but the theme is simply to show how daring these guys are when it comes to speed--and how fast a tire can be changed when one goes out of gear. There are a few crashes too, one of them quite spectacular, but the narration just goes on ignoring things when the crashes occur no matter how seriously hurt a driver might be.

It's done in dry documentary style and not as polished as the later Pete Smith specialties would be. I couldn't work up much enthusiasm for it.

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1 April 1933 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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