Speedy (film)

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Speedy
Speedy4.jpg
Poster
Directed by Ted Wilde
Produced by Harold Lloyd
Written by Albert DeMond (titles)
Starring Harold Lloyd
Ann Christy
Bert Woodruff
Babe Ruth
Music by Carl Davis (recent)
Don Hulette (1974)
Don Peake (1974 additional music)
Cinematography Walter Lundin
Edited by Carl Himm
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) April 7, 1928 (1928-04-07)
Running time 86 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
English intertitles

Speedy is a 1928 silent film that was one of the films to be nominated for the short-lived Academy Award for Best Director of a Comedy. It starred famous comedian Harold Lloyd in the eponymous leading role, and it was his last silent film to be released in theatres. The film was written by Albert DeMond (titles), John Grey (story), J.A. Howe (story), Lex Neal (story), and Howard Emmett Rogers (story) with uncredited assistance from Al Boasberg and Paul Girard Smith. It was directed by Ted Wilde (the last silent film to be directed by him). It was shot on location in New York City.

The plot revolves around Harold 'Speedy' Swift's attempts to save the last horse-drawn streetcar in New York. The film contrasts the speed of life of the contemporary city with the pace of yesteryear, represented by this non-motorized mode of transport. Yankees star Babe Ruth plays one of 'Speedy's' hapless passengers.

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