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Danger on Wheels (1940)

Approved | | Sport, Thriller | 2 February 1940 (USA)
During a test a race car using an experimental oil-fueled engine blows up, killing the driver. Lucky Taylor, a stunt driver, is initially blamed for the accident, but is later cleared. He ... See full summary »


Christy Cabanne


Ben Pivar (story "Test Drive"), Maurice Tombragel (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Richard Arlen ... Larry Taylor
Andy Devine ... 'Guppy' Wexel
Peggy Moran ... Pat O'Shea
Vinton Hayworth ... Bruce Crowley (as Jack Arnold)
Herbert Corthell Herbert Corthell ... Pop O'Shea
Sandra King Sandra King ... June Allen
Landers Stevens ... Lloyd B. Allen
Harry C. Bradley ... Jones
Mary Treen ... Esme
John Holmes John Holmes ... Eddie Todds
Jack Rice Jack Rice ... Parker


During a test a race car using an experimental oil-fueled engine blows up, killing the driver. Lucky Taylor, a stunt driver, is initially blamed for the accident, but is later cleared. He thinks the engine design has a real chance to win races, but the racing association has banned it since the accident. He devises a scheme to have a car equipped with the engine entered into a race, without race officials--or the engine designer's sassy daughter--finding out about it. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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THRILLS... That Make The Heart Stand Still... in this Driving Drama that Takes its Toll in SPILLS and CHILLS!


Sport | Thriller








Release Date:

2 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Test Driver See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Indianapolis, Indiana, Friday, May 13, 1940: Universal Pictures Inc., Studebaker Sales Corporation and "Lucky" Teeter, daredevil auto-circus driver, are named defendants in a $100,000 damage suit filed in Superior Court by Earl Lester Simon. Simon, a stunt driver, claims that Universal used scenes of stunts done by him and his assistants at the Studebaker proving grounds, in "Danger on Wheels, " and credited the action to Teeter. Complaint asks for an accounting of the film's receipts and an accounting of Studebaker sales since the release of the picture, and claims that Simon has not received remuneration for his services. See more »

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Poor Second Feature
20 February 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Richard Arlen is a stunt driver. When Vinton Hayworth walks out, Arlen is promoted to race driver, and there's a fatality. He's found not responsible, but he's considered a rotter by Peggy Moran, whose ailing father has developed a new motor in collaboration with Andy Devine. Miss Moran doesn't like Arlen, so how are they going to prove the motor and get these two kids together?

It's a super-quick Universal B, distinguished only by some cut-in race-track photography. Andy Devine performs some decent clowning, but Miss Moran's line reading is erratic and Arlen is unengaged near the end of his starring days, ready to head off to Poverty Row in this programmer that has Second Feature written all over it.

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