Passed | | Action, Romance, Sport
A former war hero and midget car racer meets his match in a feisty reporter who blames his reckless tactics for an accidental racing death.
The film featured short-track midget car racing, a highly popular form of auto racing in post-World War II America. From the mid-1930's through the mid-1960's, most drivers who aspired to race in the famous Indianapolis 500 usually started competing in the midgets, then sprint cars (similar in looks, but more powerful and faster than midgets), then to "championship," or Indianapolis-type cars.
There's nobody like you.
Regina Forbes: What do you mean by that?
Mike Brannan: Oh, you're not just any dame.
Regina Forbes: Did you think I was?
Mike Brannan: Sure. I told you, remember? Most dames are out for a few laughs, a couple of drinks.
Regina Forbes: Spend a little time with them and then forget them.
Mike Brannan: Doesn't work ...
Regina Forbes: ...
During the "pit race", the closer shots were filmed with prominent "Mike Brannan" and "Brannan Spl." on the pit wall, but after a cut, the real #17 car is shown in actual race footage, which has no "Mike Brannan Spl." painted on the car just forward of the windshield, a tire obscures most of Joie Chitwood's name on the pit wall, and the pit wall is marked "Wolfe Spl.".