Danger on Wheels (February 2, 1940)

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Danger on Wheels
 
h3 itemprop="description" itemscope itemtype="//schema.org/Thing">Released on February 2, 1940: An auto stunt car driver tries to win the big auto race with a new kind of engine after the first driver is killed in a fiery crash.

Produced by Ben Pivar

Directed by Christy Cabanne

The Actors: Richard Arlen ('Lucky' Larry Taylor), Andy Devine (Jeffry 'Guppy' Wexel), Peggy Moran (Pat O'Shea), Vinton Hayworth (Bruce Crowley), Herbert Corthell (Pop O'Shea), Harry C. Bradley (Jones), Sandra King (June Allen), Landers Stevens (Lloyd B. Allen), John Holmes (Eddie Dodds), Jack Rice (Parker, Mr. Allen's secretary), Mary Treen (Esme the landlady), Eddy Chandler (police officer Mulligan), Harold Daniels (male secretary), Eddie Fetherston (Pete), Jack Gardner (Joe), Joe King (race commissioner), Jimmie Lucas (second mechanic), Frank Mitchell (truck driver), James C. Morton (police sergeant), Tony Paton (race driver), Ralph Arthur Roberts (race official), Fred Santley (race official), Harry Strang (first mechanic)

 

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Racing towards Death

The newspaper headline on July 7, 1942 was, “His Luck Finally Failed: ‘Lucky’ Teter Meets Death in ‘Rocket Car’ Stunt.” Two years earlier this movie was filmed and dedicated to Lucky Teter and his death-defying stunt drivers. The movie premiered on February 2, 1940, and on Friday the thirteenth of May it was removed from theaters and not seen again for several decades.

The Studebaker Sales Corporation had hired Earl Lester Simon to do some car and motorcycle stunts that were filmed and used in this movie. When Simon saw the opening dedication to rival car stunt driver Lucky Teter, he sued Studebaker and Universal Pictures for a hundred thousand dollars, demanding part of the movie theater gross profits.

Thanks to that lawsuit, the movie copyright was not renewed and we can watch real car race action in 1940 that will amaze, astound, and entertain like no race of today could. The stunts are real, the racing is real, the crashes are real, the flames are real . . . Only the fiery death of young Eddie Dodds, played by John Holmes, is faked. . . . The stunt man who crashed was not killed.

If you think that car racing today is more exciting than the cars in this story, think about it a bit. In this story the stunt men wear overalls, goggles and a helmet of sorts. No roll bars, no special padding, no reinforced car bodies. . . . Men in cars from 1940 whirling around the track at speeds over 120 miles an hour with nothing to protect them except their wits and a bit of luck . . . . Actually a lot of luck. Race scenes like the ones in this movie would never be filmed today, because the racing danger was real during filming, not Hollywood magic. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

The real Lucky Teter
The real Lucky Teter
Herbert Corthell and Peggy Moran
Herbert Corthell and Peggy Moran
Andy Devine and James C. Morton
Andy Devine and James C. Morton
Eddie Chandler and Andy Devine
Eddie Chandler and Andy Devine
Eddie Chandler and Andy Devine
Eddie Chandler and Andy Devine
Harry C. Bradley and Landers Stevens
Harry C. Bradley and Landers Stevens
Herbert Corthell and Peggy Moran
Herbert Corthell and Peggy Moran
Herbert Corthell and Peggy Moran
Herbert Corthell and Peggy Moran
James C. Morton and Andy Devine
James C. Morton and Andy Devine
John Holmes and Richard Arlen
John Holmes and Richard Arlen
June Allen and Richard Arlen
June Allen and Richard Arlen
Landers Stevens
Landers Stevens
Mary Treen
Mary Treen
Mary Treen
Mary Treen
Peggy Moran
Peggy Moran
Peggy Moran and James C. Morton
Peggy Moran and James C. Morton
Peggy Moran and Richard Arlen
Peggy Moran and Richard Arlen
Peggy Moran
Peggy Moran
Peggy Moran
Peggy Moran
Richard Arlen and Andy Devine
Richard Arlen and Andy Devine
Richard Arlen
Richard Arlen
Sandra King
Sandra King
Richard Arlen and Andy Devine
Richard Arlen and Andy Devine
Vinton Hayworth
Vinton Hayworth