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Love in High Gear (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 1 May 1932 (USA)
A young couple making plans to elope are overheard by a jewel thief, who sees a chance to turn the situation to his advantage.


Frank R. Strayer (as Frank Strayer)


Douglas Donaldson Jr. (story), George B. Seitz (adaptation)




Complete credited cast:
Harrison Ford ... Donald Ransome
Alberta Vaughn ... Betty
Tyrell Davis ... Ronald Courtney (as Tyrrell Davis)
Arthur Hoyt ... Thaddeus Heath
Ethel Wales ... Arabella Heath
Fred Kelsey ... Detective Duffy
Fern Emmett ... Hotel Maid
Jack Duffy ... Hotel Proprietor
William H. Strauss William H. Strauss ... Ziegman
Nanette Vallon Nanette Vallon ... Senorita del Val


A young couple making plans to elope are overheard by a jewel thief, who sees a chance to turn the situation to his advantage.

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Her heart wasn't the only thing he stole!


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

1 May 1932 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Action Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (International Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final film of Harrison Ford. See more »

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Ahead of it's time satirical epic about a race car driver's affair with his female mechanic.
28 July 2003 | by MichaelsonSee all my reviews

Love in High Gear provides a nuanced and subtle treatment of gender in depression era Chicago. Centering around Donald Ransome, a former race car champion whose career is in decline, and Betty, the sassy female mechanic working on a revolutionary engine design that may revive Donald's career, the film openly criticizes many societal attitudes of the time as they related to women, homosexuality and affirmative action legislation. Harrison Ford shines in his last ever role, capping off a sparkling career for the silent era superstar.

Prospective viewers should note that this is a silent production, so it can be a bit uncomfortable always having to look at the screen to read the subtitles, and one feels this film could benefit from some color restoration (how long did it take for directors to work out that black and white film is BORING!), but at the same time this is a powerful film with a positive social outlook that we could all learn from today. The director was ahead of his time and if you liked this film then you should also check out Behind Stone Walls which tackles similar themes from a very different outlook.

Five out of six stars.

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