Synopsis by Hal Erickson
No, Dead Man's Curve does not star Jan and Dean-mainly because it was filmed before either one of them was born. The film does star two of Hollywood's youngest and prettiest stars of 1928, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Sally Blane (sister of Loretta Young). Fairbanks plays a grease monkey who discovers a defect in an auto engine being turned out by his employer. But since our hero discovers this only after losing an important race, his boss chalks up the loss to Fairbanks' supposed cowardice. Thus it is that Doug Jr. spends the rest of the film clearing himself, with surreptitious aid from his sweetheart Sally, who happens to be the boss' daughter. Magnificently photographed, especially during the Big Race finale, Dead Man's Curve was scripted by Ewart Adamson, a man usually associated with slapstick comedies.
car, contest, coward, daughter, employment, engine, loot, love, problems, quitting, racer, romance, sports, winner