Super Speed (1925)

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This independently made comedy-drama used a formula which was very familiar to 1920s filmgoers: take a fast car, a handsome, athletic Wallace Reid-type star (in this case, it's former Arrow Collar man Reed Howes), add a bit of romance, and finish up with a thrilling climax in which the hero wins an auto race. Pat O'Farrell (Howes) works as a milkman for his uncle, who owns a dairy company. While on the job, he rescues Estelle Knight (Mildred Harris) from a group of thugs. The pair fall in love, and he discovers that her father (Charles Clary) is an automobile manufacturer. Stanton Wade, a crooked lawyer (Sheldon Lewis), has stolen an invention called a "super-charger," and O'Farrell gets it back. When he finds out that Estelle's father is in debt to Wade, he enters a race with one of his cars and equips it with the super-charger. In spite of all Wade's attempts to stop him, O'Farrell makes it to the race and emerges victorious. With the prize money he is able to pay Mr. Knight's debt before Wade can take over the company. And, of course, he wins Estelle too.



daughter, milkman, mistaken-identity