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The Speed Kings (1913)

Action scenes of early automobile racing highlight this story of Papa's efforts to thwart Mabel's romantic infatuation with a race car driver.

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Wilfred Lucas
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ford Sterling ... Papa
Mabel Normand ... Mabel
Teddy Tetzlaff Teddy Tetzlaff ... Teddy Tetzlaff - a Race Car Driver - Mabel's Choice (as Teddy Tetzlaft)
Earl Cooper Earl Cooper ... Earl Cooper - a Race Car Driver
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Masher
Barney Oldfield ... Barney Oldfield - a Race Car Driver
Billy Jacobs ... Boy in Crowd (as Paul Jacobs)
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Storyline

Papa is taking his daughter Mabel to an automobile race. Mabel is in love with Teddy Tetzlaff, but Papa prefers Earl Cooper, and he schemes to try to prevent Tetzlaff from winning the race. As the race begins, Papa and Mabel are watching it together with conflicting loyalties and strong emotions. Written by Snow Leopard

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Short | Action | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1913 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Speed Kings Tetzlaff and Earl Cooper See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA

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Production Co:

Keystone Film Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Goofs

The main titles and the inter-titles both misspell race car driver Teddy Tetzlaff's name as "Tetzlaft". His name is shown spelled correctly when his racing car is seen with the name painted on it. See more »

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Mainly Of Historical Interest
4 March 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

The Keystone short comedy "The Speed Kings" served mostly as a pretext for showing extended footage of racing cars with their real-life drivers. Since automobiles and movies were both still rather new, this was probably fun and exciting to watch at the time. And it is still enjoyable to see extensive footage of Teddy Tetzlaff and Earl Cooper, plus a glimpse of Barney Oldfield.

It also features Mabel Normand as a fan watching a big race, and 'Fatty' Arbuckle in a small part, but in the actual story, that's about it. The plot is thin, and there is not much actual comedy, just a couple of worthwhile gags.

Because of the footage of some of the top racers of the day, it's certainly of historical interest, and that's really the main reason to watch it. But you could certainly do far worse with your free time than spending it watching Mabel Normand plus some rather interesting historical footage.


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