in about 100 words or less
US 86m, B&W, Silent
Director: Ted Wilde; Cast: Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff, Babe Ruth
As Lloyd’s last silent film, Speedy’s plot, which sees its title character fighting to save New York’s last horse-drawn streetcar, is a fitting farewell to cinema’s silent era. A sophisticated and beautifully crafted film, it would take years before most sound productions, and particularly comedies, would be made with this much care and detail. In addition to Babe Ruth’s cameo as Lloyd’s passenger, Speedy is also notable for the on-location shots in New York City and its scenes of the famed Coney Island rides and midway (Klaus Ming January 2016).
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