Hard, Fast and Beautiful

Overview

Ida Lupino, one of the few major Hollywood actresses to move from the sound stage to the director's chair in the 1940s and 1950s, helmed this story about a mother's obsessive drive to see her daughter succeed. Florence Farley Sally Forrest is a young woman with a tremendous gift as a tennis player, and her mother Milly Claire Trevor is determined to see Florence make the most of her talents. However, Milly's greatest concern isn't with her daughter's happiness or well-being, but with her own financial success, ...
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Overview

Ida Lupino, one of the few major Hollywood actresses to move from the sound stage to the director's chair in the 1940s and 1950s, helmed this story about a mother's obsessive drive to see her daughter succeed. Florence Farley Sally Forrest is a young woman with a tremendous gift as a tennis player, and her mother Milly Claire Trevor is determined to see Florence make the most of her talents. However, Milly's greatest concern isn't with her daughter's happiness or well-being, but with her own financial success, and when Milly begins interfering with Florence's romance with Gordon McKay Robert Clarke, the daughter begins to rebel against her mother. Director Lupino and actor Robert Ryan both make cameo appearances as spectators at a tennis match.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The films Ida Lupino directed are not great works of art, but they have a certain appeal and style to them; Hard, Fast and Beautiful is no exception. Definitely a B-movie, and hampered by its overly melodramatic screenplay, Hard still draws one in; one watches it realizing that it is only an average picture, but it exerts a small hold that is hard to shake. A great deal of credit goes to its cast, especially Claire Trevor's mesmerizing Milly. Prefiguring Mama Rose in Gypsy, Milly, in Trevor's highly skilled hands, is both repulsive and sympathetic; a creature that we scorn even as we recognize parts of ourselves in her. Carleton Young also impresses with Fletcher Locke, his sleazy tennis pro; as does Kenneth Patterson, who makes the viewer care about his character, Will, the dull but basically good man that is victimized by his wife's ambition and neglect. Sally Forrest as Florence Farley fares somewhat less well, but is still more than satisfactory. Lupino's direction is solid throughout, and much more so during the exciting tennis sections. The film's assets don't overcome its major script deficiencies, but they still make Hard, Fast and Beautiful much more memorable than it should be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/1/2009
  • UPC: 883316225790
  • Original Release: 1951
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:19:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 52,151

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claire Trevor Milly Farley
Sally Forrest Florence Farley
Carleton Young Fletcher Locke
Robert Clarke Gordon McKay
Kenneth Patterson Will Farley
Michael Cisney Miss Martin
Joseph Kearns J.R. Carpenter
William Hudson Interne
George Fisher Announcer
Barbara Brier Girl
Marilyn Mercer Girl
William Irving Umpire
Marilyn Howard
Technical Credits
Ida Lupino Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Jack Okey Art Director
Louis Clyde Stoumen Cinematographer
Archie J. Stout Cinematographer
Roy Webb Score Composer
Martha Wilkerson Screenwriter
Collier Young Producer
William H. Ziegler Editor
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