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High Gear (March 22, 1933)

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High Gear
 

Released March 22, 1933: (running time 62 minutes) When a race car driver crashes and his navigator dies, Mark loses his nerve and quits racing, and it takes a pretty reporter and the orphan son of his racing navigator to get him back into racing.

Produced by Ken Goldsmith

Directed by Leigh Jason

The Actors: James Murray (Mark 'High Gear' Sherrod), Joan Marsh (Anne Merritt), Jackie Searl (Jimmy Evans), Eddie Lambert (Jake Cohen, janitor), Ann Brody (Mrs. Cohen), Theodore von Eltz (Larry 'keyhole' Winston, newspaper reporter), Mike Donlin (Ed Evans, race car mechanic), Lee Moran (Howard, mechanic), Marion Sayers (Mamie), John Sinclair (Mulligan), Winifred Drew (Mrs. Wolloughby), Douglas Haig (Percy), Don Brodie (Stokes, nightclub patron), Georgia Caine (taxi customer), Allan Cavan (Dr. Parker), Gordon De Main (Major Edwards, Military Academy Commandant), Olin Francis (credit company representative), Wesley Giraud (Smitty), George O'Hanlon (reporter nad grandstand spectator)

 

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Driving for Dollars

Multnomah Elementary School in Los Angeles lies between Ascot Hills Park and Lincoln Park. In 1933 that parcel of land was part of the Legion Ascot Speedway, featured in this adventure. When this story was filmed, the race track was a favorite destination for many of Hollywood’s movie stars. The track hosted two-man Indianapolis style automobile races every Sunday afternoon and every Wednesday night under the lights. This automobile racetrack became well-known because of the frequent car crashes that ended in death.

It is currently my custom to wake up at 2:30am and drive an hour over rural roads to a Cleveland suburb where my day job office is located. Once there, I work on my web sites until 8am when my day job duties take over. During one trip a few years ago as I drove over the top of a hill, I suddenly saw a majestic deer with huge antlers standing solidly in the road looking at me. Even though I hit the brakes hard, I hit the deer, which bounced onto my hood, his antlers bouncing off of my windshield. The deer then bounced off of my car to the left, and while I was still able to drive the car, it had some major damage.

The car was easier to fix than my head. No, I was wearing my seat belt, and my head never hit anything of substance, but my mind was scrambled. For weeks, if so much as a leaf floating down from a tree fell in front of my car as I was driving along, I would lurch in fear, suddenly remembering my encounter with the deer.

In this adventure, actor James Murray is “High-Gear” Mark Sherrod, a successful racecar driver. During the first race we watch, there is a terrible car crash, and his mechanic, riding beside him, is tragically killed. His race car could be repaired, but High-Gear Sherrod could not get the visions of death out of his head, and he stops racing. Soon he is homeless, living with friends and driving a cab to make ends meet. Can anything erase the fear in his head and bring him back to his former glory? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Ann Brody
Ann Brody
Ann Brody and Eddie Lambert
Ann Brody and Eddie Lambert
Ann Brody, Mike Donlin, Jackie Searle
Ann Brody, Mike Donlin, Jackie Searle
Eddie Lambert
Eddie Lambert
Eddie Lambert, Ann Brody, Mike Donlin
Eddie Lambert, Ann Brody, Mike Donlin
Eddie Lambert and Ann Brody
Eddie Lambert and Ann Brody
Eddie Lambert and Mike Donlin
Eddie Lambert and Mike Donlin
Eddie Lambert
Eddie Lambert
Gordon De Main and James Murray
Gordon De Main and James Murray
James Murray and Jackie Searle
James Murray and Jackie Searle
James Murray and Mike Donlin
James Murray and Mike Donlin
James Murray and Theodore von Eltz
James Murray and Theodore von Eltz
Joan Marsh
Joan Marsh
Joan Marsh and James Murray
Joan Marsh and James Murray
Joan Marsh and Theodore von Eltz
Joan Marsh and Theodore von Eltz
Joan Marsh and James Murray
Joan Marsh and James Murray
Joan Marsh
Joan Marsh
Lee Moran
Lee Moran
Lee Moran and James Murray
Lee Moran and James Murray
Theodore von Eltz
Theodore von Eltz
Theodore von Eltz and Joan Marsh
Theodore von Eltz and Joan Marsh
Theodore von Eltz
Theodore von Eltz