Double Speed

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Double Speed
Double Speed (1920) - 2.jpg
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Directed by Sam Wood
Produced by Adolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Written by J. Stewart Woodhouse (story)
Clara Genevieve Kennedy (scenario)
Bryon Morgan
Starring Wallace Reid
Wanda Hawley
Cinematography Alfred Gilks
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • February 1, 1920 (1920-02-01)
Running time
50 minutes; 5 reels (4,144 feet)
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Double Speed is a lost[1] 1920 American silent comedy-drama film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was the debut directorial effort of Sam Wood and starred Wallace Reid in another of his racing car films.[2][3]


As described in a film magazine,[4] Speed Carr (Reid), driving from New York to Los Angeles to visit an uncle he has not seen in twenty years, is robbed of his car, clothing, and credentials by tramps and reaches the coast penniless wearing a borrowed suit of clothes. At his uncle's bank he is refused money. Carr pawns his watch under the name Barry Cole and, adopting this name, secures a position as chauffeur for Donald McPherson (Marshall), father of Sallie McPherson (Hawley), with whom he has fallen in love. After they elope, he reveals his identity and his uncle appears to give his blessing.



  1. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:..Double Speed
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c. 1988
  3. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Double Speed at
  4. ^ "Reviews: Double Speed". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 10 (6): 55. February 7, 1920. 

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