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Speed (1936)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Romance | 8 May 1936 (USA)
With the help of his mechanic buddy, an engineer, and the company's attractive new publicist, an automotive test driver struggles to develop a new carburetor by entering cars in the Indy 500 and speed trials at California's Muroc Dry Lake.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Milton Krims (story), Lawrence P. Bachmann (story) (as Larry Bachman) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... Terry Martin
Wendy Barrie ... Jane Mitchell
Una Merkel ... Josephine Sanderson
Weldon Heyburn ... Frank Lawson
Ted Healy ... Gadget
Ralph Morgan ... Mr. Dean
Patricia Wilder ... Fanny Lane
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Storyline

Terry is the chief car tester for Emery Motors and Frank is an Engineer. Jane has just been hired to work in publicity. Frank and Terry both want Jane to be their girl. Terry has designed a new carburetor that should bring him fame and money, but he cannot get it to work correctly. Terry and Gadget have tested it for over a year, but it still is not perfected. Emery Motors assigns Frank to help Terry with the carburetor, but Terry is not happy because Frank is an Engineer and is also vying for Jane. They finish the carburetor, and to test it, they enter a car in the Indianapolis 500 race. Terry is not yet satisfied with the carburetor before the big race even though it has passed all the tests. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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A mile a minute of fun and thrills! See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Speed See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Archive footage of an actual Indianapolis 500 race is included in the movie. See more »

Goofs

The new 1936 cars produced by the fictional Emery Motors Co. are seen coming down the assembly line with large 'Plymouth' placards in the rear door windows. See more »

Quotes

Jane Mitchell: Well, as much as I hate to leave such distinguished company, I have to be on my way.
Terry Martin: Where are we going?
Jane Mitchell: Different directions.
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References Exclusive Story (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Pop! Goes the Weasel
Traditional 17th century English song
Played and sung by the band at the barn dance for dance music
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This is not James Stewart's first starring role
13 March 2014 | by mortycausaSee all my reviews

That honor goes to Next Time We Love with Margaret Sullavan. Indeed, she specifically chose Stewart to play opposite her. What stands out here is how even in his early raw period, his naturalness before the camera stands out.

Most everyone's style of acting is rather dated, but not Stewart's. This is so even in the musical he did with Eleanor Powell, Born to Dance. Not even in those early roles where he was honing his skills. He even stands out against Powell and Loy and Company in After the Thin Man, where he shows an early surprising edge. Speed demonstrates that Stewart did drunk well--see The Philadelphia Story for later confirmation of this.

He's also quite sexy in some of that early stuff.


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