In this 1928 silent comedy starring Harold Lloyd, Speedy is unfazed at losing his job as a soda-jerk, spending the day with his girl, Jane, at Coney Island and soon landing a new job as a taxi driver. This job, too, ends quickly, with Speedy managing just one passenger – a harried Babe Ruth on his way to Yankee Stadium. While ditching work to watch the game, Speedy overhears a plan by a shady competitor to disrupt and take over the city’s last horse-drawn streetcar business, owned by Jane’s grandfather. With that, Speedy lives up to his name, racing through town with his trusty canine cohort in an effort to save Pop Dillon’s business and win Jane’s heart. But is he fast enough?
Most know Babe Ruth as one of professional baseball’s all-time greats. But diehard fans know he also took a shine to the silver screen, appearing in ten feature and short films between 1920 and 1942. Speedy, Ruth’s third film, also features a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it, uncredited cameo by fellow player and friend Lou Gehrig.
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Silent Sundays proceeds support efforts of the Norman Studios Silent Film Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing public knowledge of Northeast Florida’s early film industry and the preservation and restoration of Jacksonville’s only remaining silent film studio. The Norman Studios was among the nation’s first to produce films starring all African American casts. Find out more at normanstudios.org.