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In The Big Wheel, Mickey Rooney plays Billy Coy, a garage mechanic who matriculates into a champion race-car driver. On the way to the top, he steps on friends and foes alike. He even manages to briefly alienate his saintly mother (Spring Byington). The cocky Coy eventually kills another racer when he forgets that gas and alcohol don't mix. It takes some doing, but Billy finally redeems himself. The climax blends stock footage of the Indianapolis 500 with newly-lensed racing sequences. The Big Wheel lapsed into public domain in 1976. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Mickey Rooney
as Billy Coy
Thomas Mitchell
as Red Stanley
Michael O'Shea
as Vic Sullivan
Spring Byington
as Mrs. Mary Coy
Mary Hatcher
as Louise Riley
Hattie McDaniel
as Minnie
Allen Jenkins
as George
Steve Brodie
as Happy

Crew

Edward Ludwig
Director
Jack Dempsey
Producer
Mort Briskin
Producer
Ernest Laszlo
Cinematographer
Walter Thompson
Editor
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