USA | 1928 | 86 mins. + short | Unrated
Harold “Speedy” Swift, a fan of Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees, saves from extinction the city’s last horse-drawn trolley, operated by his girlfriend’s grandfather.
Director: Ted Wilde and Clyde Bruckman
Cast: Harold Lloyd; Ann Christy; Babe Ruth
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Grab your ticket to ride New York City’s last horse-drawn carriage in Harold Lloyd’s final silent film. A late-era classic, Speedy sees Lloyd plays the perpetually unemployed soda jerk, Harold “Speedy” Swift. With a heart of gold, Speedy battles political corruption to save a historic, but outdated mode of transportation, operated by the father of his girlfriend (Ann Christy). Aided by an aged army of Union veterans as reinforcements and buoyed by an encounter with Babe Ruth (in his finest surviving film performance), Speedy takes on the impossible, proving that true grit wins out over greed.
With Lloyd pulling off his most daring race-to-the-chase, Speedy is a frenetic, joyful masterpiece. It also features one of the most significant film representations of 1920s Coney Island, immortalizing the modern amusement park as a lover’s playground and a jostling erotic battlefield. Plus there’s one A+ performance from silent era canine “King Tut” the mutt.
Restoration courtesy of Janus Films and the Harold Lloyd Foundation
Live accompaniment by Tania Gill
Silent Revue is curated by Alicia Fletcher
Silent Revue is sponsored by Hollywood Suite
Doors Open 30 Minutes Before Showtime.
General Admission: $17
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