Speedy (film)

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Speedy poster.jpg
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
Harold Lloyd Corporation
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
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. The film stars 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. The film was directed by Ted Wilde, the last silent film to be directed by him, and was shot in both Hollywood, and on location in New York City.


Lobby card

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.

There is a scene in the film where Speedy is seen giving the finger to himself while looking in a distorted mirror which may be the earliest motion picture depiction of that gesture.


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