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[[Performer~P93764~Howard Hawks~howardhawks]] directed this fast-paced auto racing drama. Joe Greer ([[Performer~P10165~James Cagney~jamescagney]]) is a top-ranked race car driver; his younger brother Eddie ([[Performer~P42488~Eric Linden~ericlinden]]) wants to follow in Joe's footsteps, but Joe knows his brother's reckless side and tries to keep him away from the racer's life. Eddie, however, can't be dissuaded from a career on the track, and he turns out to like his women as fast as his cars when he gets involved with Ann ([[Performer~P6812~Joan Blondell~joanblondell]]). Joe's best friend Spud ([[Performer~P47590~Frank McHugh~frankmchugh]]) tries to keep the feuding brothers apart, but his attempts to do so in the midst of a race leads to Spud's death. Joe is despondent after Spud's passing and gives up his career in racing, while Eddie becomes eligible for the Indianapolis 500. Joe grudgingly comes to the race to see his kid brother in action, but he gets the chance to redeem himself when Eddie is hurt and needs a driver to complete the race in his car. Racing legend Billy Arnold, who won the Indy 500 in 1930, advised the production. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:August 5, 1938


James Cagney
as Joe Greer
Joan Blondell
as Ann
Ann Dvorak
as Lee Merrick
Eric Linden
as Eddie Greer
Guy Kibbee
as Dad Greer
Frank McHugh
as Spud Connors
Regis Toomey
as Dick Wilbur
Regis Toomey
as Dick Willshaw
Billy Arnold
as Bill
John Conte
as Announcer
Ralph Dunn
as Official
John Harron
as Red, Eddie's pitman
Charlotte Merriam
as Mrs. Spud Connors
James P. Burtis
as Mechanic
Robert McWade
as Tom the counterman


Howard Hawks
Niven Busch
John Bright
Howard Hawks
Screen Story
Kubec Glasmon
Seton Miller
Screen Story
Seton Miller
John Stumar
Sidney Hickox
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Leo F. Forbstein
Composer (Music Score)
Thomas Pratt
Jack Okey
Art Director
Perc Westmore