Speed Spook (1924)

Genres - Comedy, Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Slapstick, Supernatural Horror  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |  
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Race driver "Blue Streak" Billings (Johnny Hines) returns to his home town to find that his sweetheart, Betty West (Faire Binney), is having problems selling her line of cars because of a wealthier rival. To promote the Comet 8 -- one of Betty's line -- he comes up with a scheme in which he races the car through the town, but he makes it appear that there's nobody in the driver's seat. This causes a stir throughout the town, and nobody can catch the "speed spook." Then Billings discovers that Hiram Smith, one of the town's most powerful members (Henry West), has forged a load of ballots for the sheriff's election. The next time Billings takes the car out, he allows himself to be followed -- right to Smith's lair. After Smith is exposed, it is also discovered that he is an agent for the rival car company. After all his help, Betty is more than happy to marry her hero.



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