Racing Fool (1927)

Run Time - 50 min.  |  
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Handsome Reed Howes once again played a racecar driver in this silent action melodrama produced and directed, low-budget style, by Harry J. Brown. Howes portrayed Jack Harlowe, the son of an auto manufacturer who falls for the daughter of his father's business rival. The girl (Ruth Dwyer) wants him to drive for her father (Myles McCarthy) in the big race, but Jack is committed to pilot the Harlowe car. Until, that is, he learns that a rival (Ernest Hilliard) plans to throw the race. With his father's (James Bradbury, Sr.) permission, the daredevil youth beats the odds to win the race for his future father-in-law. Although not an official remake, The Racing Fool bore an uncanny resemblance to The Crack O'Dawn, a 1925 Harry J. Brown production which had also starred Howes and Dwyer. A former male model, Reed Howes had little more than a nice physique to offer and was reduced to playing bit parts after the changeover to sound.



car, forbidden-love, love, reputation, rival, romance, sports