Speedway (1929 film)

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Directed byHarry Beaumont
Written byByron Morgan (also story)
Alfred Block
Ann Price
Joseph Farnham (titles)
StarringWilliam Haines
Anita Page
Ernest Torrence
CinematographyHenry Sharp
Edited byGeorge Hively
Release date
  • September 7, 1929 (1929-09-07)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

Speedway is a 1929 silent film about a car racer who clashes with his father, also a driver, at the Indianapolis Speedway. The film was released with a sychronised music score and sound effects track for theaters equipped with sound, this was Haines last silent film.


Prior to the Indy 500 auto race, Bill Whipple quarrels with his foster father, Jim MacDonald, who is to be one of his rivals that day.

MacDonald suddenly loses his chance to drive because of a heart condition. Whipple's car owner decides to go with another driver, so MacDonald offers his car to Whipple for the race. With victory in sight, Whipple pulls into the pits and lets MacDonald take the checkered flag of victory.


Much of the film was filmed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including extensive footage of the 1929 'Decoration Day' race.

At the end of the film, it is possible to see a car accident on the track, where the vehicle overturns several times and the driver hits his head on the ground. The driver aboard the car Bill Spence died due to head trauma. He participates in the grand prix that was taking place in Indianapolis.


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