Mind over Motor (1923)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |  
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Plus-size vaudeville star Trixie Friganza stars in this independently made comedy. Tish Carberry (Friganza) is a speed demon and car fanatic. A crooked racecar promoter convinces her to back his endeavor. Meanwhile, a relative calls her in to chaperone Bettina Bailey (Clara Horton), who is in love with Jasper McCutcheon (Ralph Graves). When McCutcheon hears of the promoter's scheme, he enters the race in an attempt to defeat him. When the promoter figures out McCutcheon's plan, he orders a traffic jam, putting his car out of commission. The sheriff meets with Tish and tells her that she is involved in a swindle and will be arrested as soon as the race is over. Her only way out is if the event is won by an outsider. In a panic, Tish dashes to the racetrack and uses all her passion for speed to win the race and stay out of jail. McCutcheon is finally allowed to continue seeing Bettina, and the couple agree to marry. The picture was an adaptation of a Saturday Evening Post story by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

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car, racer, arrest, auto-racing, competition, criminal, rival, sheriff, sports, underdog