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~Speedy~
1928
~Harold Lloyd~
~Plot Synopsis~
Pop Dillon, who owns the last remaining horse-drawn streetcar in New York, is proudly fighting off
attempts by mogul W. S. Wilton to buy him out. Pop lives in an old fashioned neighborhood with his
devoted granddaughter, Jane, who is in love with Harold “Speedy” Swift. Although Pop likes
Harold, he is concerned by the young man's inability to hold a job, especially during baseball season.
Harold loses his latest job as a soda jerk when he is distracted by the score of a Yankee’s game while
running an errand for his boss. At Pop and Jane’s apartment that night, Harold urges Pop to keep
resisting Wilton’s offers, as well as threats by Steve Carter, Wilton’s underling. Pop proudly explains
that, as long as he runs his streetcar on city tracks at least once every twenty-four hours, they
cannot shut him down. After a happy weekend jaunt at Luna Park in Coney Island, Harold and Jane
return home in a moving van driven by a friend, and dream of the day they will marry and raise a
family. Harold’s next job, as a taxi driver at The Only One Cab Co., is not proving to be a success.
Because of misunderstandings, Harold receives two parking tickets from a surly motorcycle cop,
who threatens him with jail if he receives a third. Harold’s day brightens when he parks across the
street from an orphanage and learns that his hero, Babe Ruth, is there visiting the children. Because
Babe needs a taxi to get to Yankee Stadium in a hurry, Harold happily volunteers his cab. True to
his word, Harold rushes through New York City traffic. Despite frenetic driving that frightens even
the Sultan of Swat, they arrive in time for the game. Although the same motorcycle cop is about to
issue his taxi its third ticket, Harold goes to the game as Babe’s guest. Later, though, when Babe hits
a home run, Harold’s boss turns around in the stands as the ball sails past him and is infuriated to
see Harold cheering instead of driving his taxi. After being fired, Harold gives his boss all of his
parking tickets, then eludes the angry motorcycle cop by hiding in a phone booth. There he
overhears Carter telling someone that he plans to send thugs to frighten Pop. Back at Pop’s that
night, Speedy convinces him that he needs a vacation and offers to take over the streetcar the next
day. Later, while Speedy tends to Pop’s horse, the neighborhood men, who have been using the
streetcar as a clubhouse during the evenings, listen to Speedy tell them about the threats against
Pop’s business. The angry men, some of whom are Civil War veterans, offer to help Speedy and
suggest that he use the password “It smells like rain” when he needs them. The next morning,
Harold has a number of misadventures, including inadvertently helping some thieves to escape on
the streetcar, but finally calls out the password when Carter’s men go to work. True to their word,
the elderly neighborhood men come to Speedy’s aid and enthusiastically thwart the henchmen.
With the streetcar now safe, Wilton, who knew nothing about the thugs, has a change of heart, fires
Carter and offers Pop his asking price of $70,000. Pop is ready to sign, but Speedy convinces Wilton
that the line is now worth $100,000. With an agreement finally reached, Pop and Wilton shake
hands while Speedy proposes to Jane, and she accepts.

Plot Synopsis from afi.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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