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6 Day Bike Rider (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Sport | 20 October 1934 (USA)
To get his girl back, that has fallen for a biker, a worker and one of his friends enter a six day race.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Earl Baldwin (story), Earl Baldwin (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe E. Brown ... Wilfred Simpson
Maxine Doyle ... Phyllis Jenkins
Frank McHugh ... Clinton Hemmings
Gordon Westcott ... Harry St. Clair
Arthur Aylesworth ... Col. Jenkins
Lottie Williams Lottie Williams ... Mrs. Jenkins
Dorothy Christy ... Mrs. Mabel St. Clair
Lloyd Neal Lloyd Neal ... Uncle Ezra
William Granger William Granger ... Pop O'Hara (as William Grainger)
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Storyline

Small-town bumpkin Winfred Simpson is annoyed by the attention paid to his girl, Phyllis Jenkins, by a hotshot trick cyclist, Harry St. Clair, breezing through and impressing the locals on a personal appearance tour at the town theatre. When Phyllis turns Winfred down, he hits the road to become a success at the big 6-Day bike race. He meets Clinton Hemmings and they become partners as it is a two-man event, and get practice time for the race by getting jobs as bicycle messengers. Winfred, delivering a message to St. Clair at his hotel, mistakes a voice he hears in St. Clair's room as Phyllis, gets into a fight with him and hauled off to the pokey. The race starts without him, with Clinton riding alone. Finally getting released from jail, Winfred races on a "borrowed" bike to the "Velodrome" and enters the race just in time. An ether-saturated cloth, caught in his rear-wheel spokes, aids him more than a little as the other riders are overcome from the fumes when they try to pass him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

Round and Round at Full Speed...Then CRASH! (Print Ad- Sunday Sun, ((Vancouver, BC)) 17 November 1934) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Schrecken der Rennbahn See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During its initial run, this film was preceded by Show Kids (1935) in some theaters. See more »

Goofs

During the bike race Wilfred is seen starting on the bike from the sidelines. The pedals on the bike are flat platform pedals with no toe clips, but at the end of the race the pedals now have toe clips. See more »

Quotes

Col. Jenkins: Now's the time to prove if I've got any friends in Mildew.
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Country Boy
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Kent
Played during the opening photo credits
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Silly Fun from Joe E. Brown
19 June 2004 | by Enrique-Sanchez-56See all my reviews

Hysterical Joe E. Brown plays a nearsighted buffoon in a series of pratfalls, sight gags filled with goofy characters participating in improbable events that might leave you giggling at all the silliness.

Just a look at Joe E's silly mugging will make you smile.

This is the type of small-town/countrified fun we came to know and love with the "Ma and Pa Kettle" series of films and in the 60's with such fare as the "Beverly Hillbillies", "Green Acres" and "Petticoat Junction".

The difference here is that the humor is clean, innocent, charming...and old-fashioned. Which is just "hunky-dory" with me!

Joe E. Brown's type of humor here may appear dated to some, but is has a place in the history of film comedy in reflecting the sober type of fun which has sadly fallen completely by the wayside in recent years.

It's not a classic...but worth a look for all its screwball moments.


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