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The working title for this film was Speed Carr. It marked Sam Wood's first film as a director; earlier Wood had served as an assistant director to Cecil B. DeMille. Production took place circa Nov 1919, as indicated by a 1 Nov 1919 Camera item announcing that lead actor Wallace Reid was nearly finished with the shoot and preparations were underway for his next picture for Paramount-Artcraft and Famous Players-Lasky Corp., Excuse My Dust (1920, see entry). Reid, an automobile racing enthusiast, also starred in Famous Players-Lasky Corp.’s racing-themed Too Much Speed (1921, see entry) and Across the Continent (1922, see entry) before his untimely death in 1923.
       The cutting continuity for the film uses the name "Effie" for Wanda Hawley's character, although reviews call the character "Sallie." The 25 Jan 1920 LAT review noted that, when disguised as a chauffeur, “‘Speed’ Carr” goes by the name “Barry Cole.” ...

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The working title for this film was Speed Carr. It marked Sam Wood's first film as a director; earlier Wood had served as an assistant director to Cecil B. DeMille. Production took place circa Nov 1919, as indicated by a 1 Nov 1919 Camera item announcing that lead actor Wallace Reid was nearly finished with the shoot and preparations were underway for his next picture for Paramount-Artcraft and Famous Players-Lasky Corp., Excuse My Dust (1920, see entry). Reid, an automobile racing enthusiast, also starred in Famous Players-Lasky Corp.’s racing-themed Too Much Speed (1921, see entry) and Across the Continent (1922, see entry) before his untimely death in 1923.
       The cutting continuity for the film uses the name "Effie" for Wanda Hawley's character, although reviews call the character "Sallie." The 25 Jan 1920 LAT review noted that, when disguised as a chauffeur, “‘Speed’ Carr” goes by the name “Barry Cole.”

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
1 Nov 1919
p. 3
Exhibitors Trade Review
14 Feb 1920
p. 1103
Fall River Globe [Fall River, MA]
20 Jan 1920
p. 2
Fort Wayne News and Sentinel [Fort Wayne, IN]
24 Jan 1920
p. 9
Kansas City Times [Kansas City, MO]
20 Jan 1920
p. 12
Los Angeles Evening Express
27 Jan 1920
p. 25
Los Angeles Times
25 Jan 1920
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Motion Picture News
14 Feb 1920
p. 1751
Moving Picture World
7 Feb 1920
pp. 798-99, 944
New York Times
31 Mar 1917
p. 2157
Variety
6 Feb 1920
p. 54
Wid's Daily
16 Jun 1919
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Wid's Daily
8 Feb 1920
p. 9
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Speed Carr
Release Date:
January 1920
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: week of 20 Jan 1920; Kansas City, MO, opening: 25 Jan 1920
Production Date:
ended Nov or Dec 1919
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
15 December 1919
LP14557
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,144
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

During Speed Carr's auto trip from New York to Los Angeles, where he is to meet his uncle, the millionaire and banker John Ogden, Speed is robbed of all his possessions and thus arrives in Los Angeles dressed like a hobo. At the bank, Speed discovers that his uncle is out of town, and because of his appearance and lack of identification, Speed is unceremoniously ejected. Destitute, Speed secures a job as chauffeur to Effie McPherson, the bank president's daughter. Effie's father is anxious to locate Speed before Ogden returns, and when his arrival becomes imminent, McPherson persuades his daughter's chauffeur to pose as Speed. When Effie falls in love with her chauffeur, McPherson objects, but relents when he discovers that his future son-in-law is in actuality a ...

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During Speed Carr's auto trip from New York to Los Angeles, where he is to meet his uncle, the millionaire and banker John Ogden, Speed is robbed of all his possessions and thus arrives in Los Angeles dressed like a hobo. At the bank, Speed discovers that his uncle is out of town, and because of his appearance and lack of identification, Speed is unceremoniously ejected. Destitute, Speed secures a job as chauffeur to Effie McPherson, the bank president's daughter. Effie's father is anxious to locate Speed before Ogden returns, and when his arrival becomes imminent, McPherson persuades his daughter's chauffeur to pose as Speed. When Effie falls in love with her chauffeur, McPherson objects, but relents when he discovers that his future son-in-law is in actuality a millionaire.

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