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Ten Laps to Go (1936)

Larry Evans (Rex Lease), champion race car driver, is envied by his chief rival, Eddie DeSylva (Duncan Renaldo), who has more ambitions than merely winning the races; he has designs on the ... See full summary »


Elmer Clifton


William Bloecher (story) (as William F. Bleecher), Charles R. Condon (adaptation)




Cast overview:
Rex Lease ... Larry Evans
Muriel Evans ... Norma Corbett
Duncan Renaldo ... Eddie DeSylva
Charles Delaney ... Steve Turner
Marie Prevost ... Elsie - Cafe Waitress
Tom Moore ... Mr. Corbett - Norma's Father
Walter McGrail ... Drake - DeSylva's Mechanic
Eddie Davis Eddie Davis ... Lou Adams - Race-Car Driver (as Edward Davis)
Yakima Canutt ... Barney Smith - Henchman


Larry Evans (Rex Lease), champion race car driver, is envied by his chief rival, Eddie DeSylva (Duncan Renaldo), who has more ambitions than merely winning the races; he has designs on the motor patent held by Corbett (Tom Moore), Larry's employer. Eddie also has a yen for Corbett's daughter, Norma (Muriel Evans), who prefers Larry. Eddie intentionally causes a race wreck that injures Larry and sends him to the hospital. Larry emerges from the hospital and finds his morale and courage has been broken when he falters while chasing some DeSylva henchmen who have robbed Corbett of some blueprints. But he regains his nerve and courage at the race track when he realizes that the driver hired to replace him, Barney Smith (Yakima Canutt), is working for DeSylva with intentions of throwing the race. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Punch-Packed Drama and Speed-Mad Thrills! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


Action | Drama | Romance | Sport


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Release Date:

6 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King of the Speedway See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fanchon Royer Features See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its earliest documented telecasts in Los Angeles Thursday 27 January 1949 on KFI (Channel 9) and in New York City 30 June 1950 on WABD (Channel 5). See more »

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You'd think a racing film would be more interesting.
8 April 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Rex Lease plays a very talented but amazingly cocky race car driver. He's so cocky that when he meets the racing team's owner's daughter, he's soon telling everybody that he's going to marry her--though he barely knows the lady. Not surprisingly, she tells him to take a hike. However, soon after this he has a crack-up on the track and loses his nerve. Soon, he's wandering about out of work...afraid to take the wheel once again. However, later, when he learns that they are going to throw the big race, Larry once again finds his courage.

"Ten Laps to Go" has B-movie written all over it. Low production values, the extensive use of old clips of races and relatively unknown actors. It also has a lot of clichés and is rather predictable. Not a terrible film--just not a very good one and a film that, surprisingly, has few thrills despite being about racing.

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