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Top Speed (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 24 August 1930 (USA)
An order clerk poses as a millionaire.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Harry Ruby (by), Bert Kalmar (by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe E. Brown ... Elmer Peters
Bernice Claire ... Virginia Rollins
Jack Whiting ... Gerald Brooks
Frank McHugh ... Tad Jordan
Laura Lee ... Babs Green
Edmund Breese ... Spencer Colgate
Wade Boteler ... The Sheriff
Rita Flynn ... Daisy
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Storyline

Two clerks pose as rich playboys at a swanky summer resort. One of them falls in love with a millionaire's daughter who has a very disapproving father, until he wins, through fate and fortune, the Big Boat Race, in the vessel owned by his sweetheart's father. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A million laughs...a thousand thrills...a hundred beautiful girls! (original ad) See more »


Certificate:

Passed
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ganhando o Mundo See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original) | (Turner Library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone) (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Among the songs cut from the version which presently survives in in the Warner Bros. library, and which is occasionally shown on Turner Classic Movies, is What Would I Care, sung by Bernice Claire & Jack Whiting at the end of reel five, and now abruptly missing in action. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film when Elmer is fishing, the bobber on his line is white when seen in the water, but dark when he pulls the line out of the water. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original 80-minute version,a full musical, was only released outside of the United States. Most of the musical numbers were cut for the domestic version. It is unknown whether a print of this longer version still exists, although the complete soundtrack to the International Sound Version (which includes all of the original songs) survives on Vitaphone discs at the UCLA Film and Television Archives. See more »

Soundtracks

Sweeter Than You
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Cut before release in the United States
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Funny and Entertaining
29 July 2010 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Have seen Joe E. Brown movies before but this was 'early Joe E.', before his screen persona became that of an overconfident country bumpkin, as in "Elmer The Great", or "Alibi Ike". It is also Pre-Code and must have been considered naughty for picture made in 1930, as the dialogue is full of double entendres, and for that matter single entendres.

As noted above, this picture is worth seeing on two counts. Brown is at his best and funniest and the musical numbers are very good - and the dancing is even better. And I didn't know Brown could dance as well as he did here. There is a lot of fun and entertainment packed into only 71 minutes.

Was not familiar with any of the supporting cast except Frank McHugh - Jack Whiting was average and Bernice Claire was lovely to look at and had a good soprano voice. See it if it comes on again, as it's not available on tape or DVD.

This movie was on ol' reliable TCM on 7/29.


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