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The Pace That Thrills (1952)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Romance | 21 March 1952 (USA)
Hot shot motorcycle racer Dusty Weston takes too many chances. He and his design partner Chris Rhodes agree on almost everything, but reporter Eve Drake arrives to do a story. Both men fall... See full summary »

Director:

Leon Barsha

Writers:

Robert Lee Johnson (original screenplay), DeVallon Scott (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bill Williams ... Richard L. 'Dusty' Weston
Carla Balenda ... Eve Drake
Robert Armstrong ... J.C. Barton
Frank McHugh ... Rocket Anderson
Michael St. Angel ... Chris Rhodes (as Steve Flagg)
Cleo Moore ... Ruby
John Mitchum ... Blackie Meyers (as John Mallory)
Diane Garrett Diane Garrett ... Opal
John Hamilton ... Sour Puss
Claudia Drake ... Pearl
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Hot shot motorcycle racer Dusty Weston takes too many chances. He and his design partner Chris Rhodes agree on almost everything, but reporter Eve Drake arrives to do a story. Both men fall for her, endangering their friendship plus Dusty's career. Written by rharlan58

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Rousing, roaring drama of an "anything-to-win" king of the raceways -- and the newspaper gal he tried to tame! See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1952 (USA) See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Chris Rhodes' room is the same set as occupied by Joseph Cotten in RKO's Walk Softly, Stranger (1950). See more »

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Referenced in Missing Reel: Car Chase Pictures (2014) See more »

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Nice racing footage, not much else
23 March 2009 | by frankfobSee all my reviews

Early '50s low-budget "actioner" about motorcycle racing has some good, and at times exciting, racing footage interspersed with poorly written and (mostly) badly acted filler. Pros like Bill Williams, Robert Armstrong and Frank McHugh give a somewhat professional sheen to it and try to inject some life into the witless script--and the sight of beefy but big-chested '50s bimbo Cleo Moore jumping up and down helps somewhat--but performances by Steve Flagg as the somewhat shady Williams' clean-cut and goody two-shoes engineer and Carla Balenda as a "feisty" reporter who comes between them are poor (and in Flagg's case, downright embarrassing) and the leaden direction by "B" vet Leon Barsha doesn't help, either. A lot of footage of vintage bikes, cars and trucks will be a big plus for gearheads, and as mentioned the racing footage is for the most part quite well done, but the film overall isn't much to speak of.


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