Ted Wilde

Speedy

Speedy

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.

Film Info

  • Ted Wilde
  • United States
  • 1928
  • 86 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #788

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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
Speedy
Cast
Harold Lloyd
Harold “Speedy” Swift
Ann Christy
Jane Dillon
Bert Woodruff
Pop Dillon
Babe Ruth
Himself
Byron Douglas
W. S. Wilton
Brooks Benedict
Steve Carter
Credits
Director
Ted Wilde
Produced by
The Harold Lloyd Corporation
Produced by
William R. Fraser, general manager
Story and scenario by
John Grey
Story and scenario by
Lex Neal
Story and scenario by
Howard Rogers
Story and scenario by
Jay Howe
Photography
Walter Lundin
Titles by
Albert DeMond
Production manager
John L. Murphy
Special photography
H. Kohler
Assistant director
Gaylord Lloyd
Art director
L. K. Vedder
Technical director
William MacDonald
Editor
Carl Himm

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