Speed (1936)

65 or 70 mins | Drama | 8 May 1936

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writer:

Michael Fessier

Producer:

Lucien Hubbard

Cinematographer:

Lester White

Editor:

Ben Lewis

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Corp.
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HISTORY

Var mistakenly lists the director as Edward rather than Edwin L. Marin. A pre-production news item in HR notes that Albert DeMond and Larry Bachman were to collaborate on the script for this film, however, DeMond's name is not listed in any other source and his participation in the film cannot be confirmed. Another HR news item noted that M-G-M used the Chrysler testing grounds in Detroit for portions of the film. According to DV , race footage of an actual Indianapolis 500 race was included in the picture, and the race at the end of the film was a fictionalized recreation of the 300 m.p.h. speed record set by Sir Malcolm Campbell at the Utah Salt Beds. Although Campbell authored a book entitled Speed , that book is not related to this film. Actress Patricia Wilder, a popular radio personality known as "Honeychile," made her motion picture debut in the ... More Less

Var mistakenly lists the director as Edward rather than Edwin L. Marin. A pre-production news item in HR notes that Albert DeMond and Larry Bachman were to collaborate on the script for this film, however, DeMond's name is not listed in any other source and his participation in the film cannot be confirmed. Another HR news item noted that M-G-M used the Chrysler testing grounds in Detroit for portions of the film. According to DV , race footage of an actual Indianapolis 500 race was included in the picture, and the race at the end of the film was a fictionalized recreation of the 300 m.p.h. speed record set by Sir Malcolm Campbell at the Utah Salt Beds. Although Campbell authored a book entitled Speed , that book is not related to this film. Actress Patricia Wilder, a popular radio personality known as "Honeychile," made her motion picture debut in the film. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
24 Apr 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
29 Apr 36
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Nov 35
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Nov 35
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Mar 36
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Mar 36
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Apr 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
11 Apr 36
p. 43.
Motion Picture Herald
2 May 36
p. 50.
New York Times
16 May 36
p. 3.
Variety
20 May 36
p. 12.
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 May 1936
Production Date:
20 March--9 April 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Corp.
Copyright Date:
4 May 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6350
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65 or 70
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2110
SYNOPSIS

At Emery Motors in Los Angeles, new company publicist Jane Mitchell is almost as impressed with the plant as engineer Frank Lawson and test driver Terry Martin are with her. While Terry and Frank take her on a tour of the factory, Jane learns that Terry is trying to perfect a new carburetor with Clarence Maxmillian Haggerty, known as "Gadget," his mechanic, and is adamantly against any interference from trained engineers such as Frank. A few days later, Terry invites Jane to a company dance, but she refuses because she has too much work. When she also refuses Frank for the same reason, though, he says that he told another woman that he couldn't go to the dance with her because he was taking Jane. Wanting to help Frank out of an embarrassing situation, Jane agrees to go with him. Josephine "Jo" Sanderson, a former secretary who is now an executive and the woman who asked Frank to escort her to the dance, is in love with him, but his feelings have cooled toward her since her advancement. At the dance, Terry assumes that Jane lied to him about having too much work, and she feels guilty. She then decides to help him without his knowledge and arranges for company president Mr. Dean to finance his carburetor. Dean agrees, but only on the stipulation that a qualified engineer helps. Frank is assigned, and he and Terry uneasily work together. When they are at a stage where Frank thinks that they are ready, Mr. Dean agrees to let them enter the Indianapolis 500 race to test the new design. Terry doesn't think ... +


At Emery Motors in Los Angeles, new company publicist Jane Mitchell is almost as impressed with the plant as engineer Frank Lawson and test driver Terry Martin are with her. While Terry and Frank take her on a tour of the factory, Jane learns that Terry is trying to perfect a new carburetor with Clarence Maxmillian Haggerty, known as "Gadget," his mechanic, and is adamantly against any interference from trained engineers such as Frank. A few days later, Terry invites Jane to a company dance, but she refuses because she has too much work. When she also refuses Frank for the same reason, though, he says that he told another woman that he couldn't go to the dance with her because he was taking Jane. Wanting to help Frank out of an embarrassing situation, Jane agrees to go with him. Josephine "Jo" Sanderson, a former secretary who is now an executive and the woman who asked Frank to escort her to the dance, is in love with him, but his feelings have cooled toward her since her advancement. At the dance, Terry assumes that Jane lied to him about having too much work, and she feels guilty. She then decides to help him without his knowledge and arranges for company president Mr. Dean to finance his carburetor. Dean agrees, but only on the stipulation that a qualified engineer helps. Frank is assigned, and he and Terry uneasily work together. When they are at a stage where Frank thinks that they are ready, Mr. Dean agrees to let them enter the Indianapolis 500 race to test the new design. Terry doesn't think they are ready, but reluctantly agrees. After the trials, Terry is still concerned, but Frank insists that everything is all right, and Terry drives in the race. Something goes wrong, however, and they crash, leaving Gadget critically injured and Terry hospitalized with a concussion. A bitter Terry lashes out at Jane, who realizes how much she cares for him, but cannot make him understand that she has tried to help. He accuses her of only being out for the money and prestige he would have gotten if he had won the race, and sends her away. Soon Terry is back at work, but the company will no longer finance work on the carburetor. Jane then secretly appeals to company owner Emery, whom no one but Mr. Dean knows is her uncle, and they agree to finance Terry's attempt to break the land-speed record. Some time later, at Medoc dry lake, everyone watches as Terry goes down the track and swerves off after completing the first half of the course. By rules of the contest he must complete the return trip within thirty minutes, which now seems impossible. Frank and the others rush to the car and find that Terry has almost been asphyxiated and urgently needs a doctor. Frank puts Terry back in the car and races back down the length of the course, not stopping until he arrives at the hospital in town. When Terry awakens, he learns that Frank's quick action not only saved his life, but earned the new land-speed record for the car. Terry also learns that Jane is really the heiress to Emery Motors and has been secretly helping him all along. Realizing that Jane and Terry are in love with each other, Frank calls the delighted Jo and suggests that they drive back to Los Angeles together. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Automobile racing


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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