~Speedy~
1928
~Harold Lloyd~
~Plot Synopsis~
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.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Ted Wilde    

Written by:
John Grey - story & screenplay  
Lex Neal - story & screenplay
Howard Emmett Rogers - story & screenplay
J.A. Howe - story & screenplay
Al Boasberg
Albert DeMond - titles
Paul Girard Smith
~Cast~

Harold Lloyd ...  Harold 'Speedy' Swift
Ann Christy ...  Jane Dillon
Bert Woodruff ...  Pop Dillon - Her Grand-daddy
Brooks Benedict ...  Steve Carter
Babe Ruth ...  George Herman Ruth
Ernie Adams ...  Coney Island Baseball Concessionaire (uncredited)
James Bradbury Jr. ...  Chauffeur (uncredited)
Josephine Crowell ...  Lady in Car (uncredited)
Andy De Villa ...  Traffic Cop (uncredited)
James Dime ...  Tough (uncredited)
King Tut the Dog ...  (uncredited)
Bryon Douglas ...  W.S. Wilton (uncredited)
Bobby Dunn ...  Tough (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ...  Restaurant Manager (uncredited)
Lou Gehrig ...  Himself (uncredited)
Walter Hiers ...  Soda Fountain Cook (uncredited)
Jack Hill ...  Man (uncredited)
Hank Knight ...  Civil War Veteran (uncredited)
Gus Leonard ...  Civil War Veteran (uncredited)
Marvin Loback ...  Fat Man (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ...  Man (uncredited)
Jack Perry ...  Tough (uncredited)
Dan Wolheim ...  Dan Abrith - Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: The Harold Lloyd Corporation

Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures

Produced by: Harold Lloyd (uncredited)  
Cinematography by: Walter Lundin    
Film Editing by: Carl Himm    
Art Direction by: Liell K. Vedder
Makeup for Mr. Lloyd: Wallace Howe  
Production Mananger: John L. Murphy  
Assistant Director: Gaylord Lloyd  
Visual Effects Supervisor: Roy Pomeroy (uncredited)  
Special Photography: Henry N. Kohler   
General Manager: William R. Fraser: The Harold Lloyd Corporation  
Technical Director: William MacDonald  
Dog Trainer: Ebenezer Henry (uncredited)  
Publicity Director: Joe Reddy (uncredited)
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