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Speedy

Ted Wilde

 
Speedy (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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SRP: $39.95

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  • United States
  • 1928
  • 86 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #788

Speedy was the last silent feature to star Harold Lloyd—and one of his very best. The slapstick legend reprises his “Glasses Character,” this time as a good-natured but scatterbrained New Yorker who can’t keep a job. He finally finds his true calling when he becomes determined to help save the city’s last horse-drawn streetcar, which is operated by his sweetheart’s crusty grandfather. From its joyous visit to Coney Island to its incredible Babe Ruth cameo to its hair-raising climactic stunts on the city’s streets, Speedy is an out-of-control love letter to New York that will have you grinning from ear to ear.

Cast

Harold “Speedy” SwiftHarold Lloyd
Jane DillonAnn Christy
Pop DillonBert Woodruff
HimselfBabe Ruth
W. S. WiltonByron Douglas
Steve CarterBrooks Benedict

Credits

DirectorTed Wilde
Produced byThe Harold Lloyd Corporation, William R. Fraser and general manager
Story and scenario byJohn Grey, Lex Neal, Howard Rogers and Jay Howe
PhotographyWalter Lundin
Titles byAlbert DeMond
Production managerJohn L. Murphy
Special photographyH. Kohler
Assistant directorGaylord Lloyd
Art directorL. K. Vedder
Technical directorWilliam MacDonald
EditorCarl Himm

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration from elements preserved by the UCLA Film & Television Archive
  • Musical score by composer Carl Davis from 1992, synchronized and restored under his supervision and presented in uncompressed stereo on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring Bruce Goldstein, director of repertory programming at New York’s Film Forum, and Turner Classic Movies director of program production Scott McGee
  • In the Footsteps of “Speedy,” a new short documentary by Goldstein about the film’s New York shoot
  • Selection of rare archival footage from UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Hearst Newsreel Collection of baseball legend Babe Ruth, who has a cameo in the film, presented by David Filipi, director of film and video at the Wexner Center for the Arts
  • New visual essay featuring stills of deleted scenes from the film and narrated by Goldstein
  • Selection of actor Harold Lloyd’s home movies, narrated by his granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd
  • Bumping into Broadway, a 1919 Lloyd two-reeler, newly restored and with a 2004 score by Robert Israel
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Phillip Lopate

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

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Speedy: The Comic Figure of the Average Man

By Phillip Lopate December 08, 2015

In Speedy, Harold Lloyd, a comic genius who thought of himself as a quintessentially average American man, places his optimistic everyman character within the context of a society in shift, to . . . Read more »

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On the Channel: 100 Years of Harold Lloyd’s Glasses Character

December 11, 2017

Celebrate the centennial of one of silent cinema’s most iconic figures with a documentary about actor Harold Lloyd, now playing on the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck. Read more »


Announcements

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Criterion’s British Invasion

April 18, 2016

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April 18, 2016

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Harold Lloyd in Luna Park

December 09, 2015

Speedy, directed in 1928 by comedy writer and filmmaker Ted Wilde, is a mile-a-minute ride through New York that was the final silent film to star Hollywood comic icon Harold Lloyd. Shot on . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Speedy: The Comic Figure of the Average Man

By Phillip Lopate December 08, 2015

In Speedy, Harold Lloyd, a comic genius who thought of himself as a quintessentially average American man, places his optimistic everyman character within the context of a society in shift, to . . . Read more »

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