Racing Hearts (1923)

Genres - Adventure, Comedy  |  
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Even though Wallace Reid died only a few weeks before this film's release, the genre of racing car movies which he made famous apparently lived on. Since Reid was no longer around to star in them, Paramount put Richard Dix in the lead and gave him Agnes Ayres as his co-star. All but stealing the show (as usual) is character actor Theodore Roberts, who had starred with Reid many times. Automobile maker John Kent (Roberts) is an old-fashioned sort who refuses to advertise his car line. His daughter Ginger (Ayres), however, is determined to get him some publicity and goes speeding around town in one of his cars, hoping to get arrested. Roddy Smith (Dix), posing as a cop, stops her. His father owns a rival firm and he suggests that Ginger convince her father to enter his car in the Vanderbilt road race. A competitor of Kent's has a spy in the plant, and he's the one chosen to drive the vehicle. He's supposed to throw the race, but Ginger finds out about the plot and drives the car herself. With Roddy's help she wins -- and Roddy wins her heart. To add authenticity, James A. Murphy, a real race car driver, was cast in a small role.



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