Speedy

Speedy

Director: Ted Wilde, Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff

Cast: Ted Wilde, Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff

     
 

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This was comedian Harold Lloyd's last silent film, and one of his most charming. Lloyd's character here is called Harold "Speedy" Swift, an upbeat young man whose fatal attraction for baseball always causes him to lose his jobs. After his latest firing, he impulsively spends a day at Coney Island with his sweetheart, Jane Dillon (Ann Christy). Ann's grandfather, Pop

Overview

This was comedian Harold Lloyd's last silent film, and one of his most charming. Lloyd's character here is called Harold "Speedy" Swift, an upbeat young man whose fatal attraction for baseball always causes him to lose his jobs. After his latest firing, he impulsively spends a day at Coney Island with his sweetheart, Jane Dillon (Ann Christy). Ann's grandfather, Pop Dillon (Bert Woodruff), meanwhile, has a dilemma -- he runs the last horse-drawn trolley in New York City, and the railway magnates desperately want his route. Since Pop won't sell it to them, they plan to get it by underhanded means. Pop must make his rounds at least once every 24 hours, so the magnates hire thugs to stop him. Speedy hears about this plan and, being gainfully unemployed, takes over the route to protect the old man. But the magnates then steal the trolley, and the climax of the film involves Speedy's dash to find the trolley and get it back to its route before the 24 hours are up. He makes it just in time and then forces the magnates to buy the route for a cool 100,000 dollars. This picture was shot on location in a Manhattan that now looks almost quaint for all its concrete and steel. Baseball legend Babe Ruth had a cameo role, playing himself as a very harassed fare when Speedy is working as a cabbie. Their wild ride ends at the old Yankee Stadium. Other historically interesting sites include Coney Island's Luna Park, and Columbus Circle and Wall Street as they were in 1928. In the film's climax, the trolley has a spectacular crash at the Brooklyn Bridge -- this accident was not planned, but was left in the film anyhow. At the time of this picture's release, Lloyd was a top box-office draw, a bigger moneymaker than Charlie Chaplin (whose releases during the '20s was infrequent) and Buster Keaton (whose quirky comedy wouldn't be fully appreciated for several decades). While Lloyd made some fairly amusing sound films, he never again matched the quality of his silent work.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/08/2015
UPC:
0715515162012
Original Release:
1928
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
10,069

Special Features

New audio commentary featuring Bruce Goldstein, director of repertory programming at New York's film Forum, and Turner Classic Movies director of program production Scott McGee In the Footsteps of "Speedy," a new short documentary by Goldstein about the films' New York shoot Selections of rare archival footage of baseball legend Babe Ruth, who has a cameo in the film, presented by David Filipi, director of film and video at the Wexner Center for the Arts New video essay featuring stills of deleted scenes from the film and narrated by Goldstein Selection of actor Harold Lloyd's home movies, narrated by his granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd Bumping into Broadway, a 1919 Lloyd two-reeler, newly restored and with a 2004 score by Robert Israel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harold Lloyd Harold "Speedy" Swift
Ann Christy Jane Dillon
Bert Woodruff Pop Dillon
Brooks Benedict Steven Carter
Byron Douglas W.S. Wilton
King Tut A Dog
George Herman "Babe" Ruth Himself
James Bradbury Chauffeur
Josephine Crowell Lady in a Car
Jimmie Dime Tough
Bobby Dunn Tough
Herbert Evans Store manager
Walter Hiers The Cook
Jack Hill Man
Hank Knight Bit
Gus Leonard Veteran
Sam Lufkin Man
Dan Wolheim Motorcycle Cop
Ernie S. Adams Baseball Fan

Technical Credits
Ted Wilde Director
Jesse Greer Score Composer
John Wesley Grey Screenwriter
Harold Lloyd Producer
Walter Lundin Cinematographer
Lex Neal Screenwriter
Howard Emmet Rogers Screenwriter

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