Throttle Pushers (1933)

  |  Documentary, Short, Sport

Highlights the fast-paced and dangerous world of professional auto racing.


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23 October 2011 | MartinHafer
| Yet another Pete Smith film...
In the 1930s-40s, Pete Smith narrated something like 39237523 shorts for MGM--many of which were about sports. In this installment, it's about racing cars. Smith makes a lot of funny quips--or at least they were quips! None of it's all that funny, but at least it is interesting from a historical point of view as you get to see what an Indy car looked like circa 1933--as well as one of the Indy champs. Viewers today will probably be a bit surprised how primitive and dangerous it all looks--with open cockpits and little in the way of safety equipment. In one case, you get to see a guy tossed out at high speed! In addition to all the mayhem, the racing champ of the 1910s, Barney Oldfield, makes an appearance. Despite Smith's lame narration, the film is pretty exciting to watch today.

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