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The working title for the film was High Speed . Some scenes were shot at the Soldier's Home in Santa Monica, CA and at Elysian Park in Los Angeles. According to news items, Civil War veterans from the Soldiers Home were used as extras in the ... More Less

The working title for the film was High Speed . Some scenes were shot at the Soldier's Home in Santa Monica, CA and at Elysian Park in Los Angeles. According to news items, Civil War veterans from the Soldiers Home were used as extras in the production. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
4 Oct 19
p. 1583.
MPN
4 Oct 19
p. 2869.
MPW
5 Jul 19
p. 114.
Variety
26 Sep 19
p. 60.
Wid's
28 Sep 19
p. 20.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
High Speed
Release Date:
19 October 1919
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
19 October 1919
Copyright Number:
LP14326
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Ranch owner Billy Porter leaves the wilderness to seek his fortune in San Francisco with his engine invention. Once in the city, Billy is fleeced of his money, and then befriends a sympathetic little lame boy, Jim McClusky, and his father, prizefighter Knockout McClusky, who is in jail for a crime for which he is innocent. Billy cares for the four waifs of the family until their father is released. Billy also meets Pearl Matthews when he stops her runaway horses in a park. Just prior to the start of a big fight in which Billy has backed McClusky against Tiger Doran, Billy discovers that McClusky has been drugged. With the aid of John B. Prescott, Billy enters the ring and knocks out Doran. Prescott turns out to be Billy's own father who is president of a big motor corporation and whose letter was responsible for Billy originally going to San Francisco. Billy perfects his motor and enters his car in a race. Despite an attempt to wreck his car, Billy wins the race, as well as Pearl's ... +


Ranch owner Billy Porter leaves the wilderness to seek his fortune in San Francisco with his engine invention. Once in the city, Billy is fleeced of his money, and then befriends a sympathetic little lame boy, Jim McClusky, and his father, prizefighter Knockout McClusky, who is in jail for a crime for which he is innocent. Billy cares for the four waifs of the family until their father is released. Billy also meets Pearl Matthews when he stops her runaway horses in a park. Just prior to the start of a big fight in which Billy has backed McClusky against Tiger Doran, Billy discovers that McClusky has been drugged. With the aid of John B. Prescott, Billy enters the ring and knocks out Doran. Prescott turns out to be Billy's own father who is president of a big motor corporation and whose letter was responsible for Billy originally going to San Francisco. Billy perfects his motor and enters his car in a race. Despite an attempt to wreck his car, Billy wins the race, as well as Pearl's love. +

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

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