In 1848 NYC, a Frenchwoman visits exiled former French Marshal Thevenet to ask for his financial help in behalf of his French grandson but Thevenet's house staff schemes to kill him and take his fortune.
At a Mayor's convention in San Francisco, California, ex-longshoreman Steve Fisk meets Clarissa Standish from New England. Fisk is Mayor of Puget City, and is proud of his rough and tumble ... See full summary »
Mike Brannon is a former war hero turned midget car racer. His ruthless racing tactics have made him successful but the fans consider him a villain and boo him mercilessly. Independent, beautiful reporter Regina Forbes tries to interview him but is put off by his gruff chauvinism, and when Brannon's daredevil tactics cause the death of a fellow driver, he finds himself a pariah in the sport thanks to her articles. When she finds him earning money as a barnstorming daredevil driver hoping for a comeback, they begin to become mutually attracted.Written by
The finale of the film takes place at the Indianapolis 500. The actual 1950 running of the 500 was used for these scenes. The actual driver of the 17 car for the 1950 Indy 500 was the real Joie Chitwood, featured earlier in the film as the owner of the Thrill Show Brannan was working in. See the Goofs section for continuity issues created by using actual race footage. See more »
Before the final pit stop, the windscreen on Brannan's car is almost opaque with dirt and grime. During the pit stop, Brannan is given a rag to wipe the windscreen and it is pretty clean when he finishes. After he leaves the pits, his windscreen is as dirty as it was before and in the same pattern. See more »
It's like the Fourth of July and the heavyweight fight and the World Series all rolled into one.
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A great line was heard in this movie that should be part of our culture, if my memory serves me right.
I was 9 or 10 years old I saw To Please a Lady at the Ioka Theater in Exeter, NH, and a big fan of Barbara Stanwyck and Clark Gable. It is an exciting race car movie with of course a romantic angle between the two stars. The biggie was the line Gable uttered that even at the age of 9 or 10 made me wince a bit. I have not seen the film since and a half century later I can still remember it. It went: "Listen, baby, your just another dame to me. I can handle you," or "listen baby, I can handle you. You're just another dame to me." If you're a Stanwyck fan you can imagine her facial expression after the line was delivered. The film has been on TV.
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