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Fast Life (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 16 December 1932 (USA)
Two sailors are leaving the US Navy after 10 years. In their spare time, one of them (Haines) invents a carburetor that should increase the speed that powered boats will run, but all that ... See full summary »

Directors:

Harry A. Pollard (uncredited), Sam Wood (uncredited)

Writers:

Byron Morgan (screen play), Ralph Spence (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Haines ... Sanderson 'Sandy' Burton
Madge Evans ... Shirley Norton
Conrad Nagel ... Clarence Burton
Arthur Byron ... John D. Jameson
Cliff Edwards ... Franz 'Bumpy' Jurgens
Warburton Gamble ... Halstead
Kenneth Thomson ... Mr. Williams
Albert Gran ... Van Vrinken
Ben Hendricks Jr. Ben Hendricks Jr. ... Sherman (as Ben Hendricks)
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Two sailors are leaving the US Navy after 10 years. In their spare time, one of them (Haines) invents a carburetor that should increase the speed that powered boats will run, but all that they succeed in doing is to sink the Admiral's launch. After discharge, broke and out of work, they find work with a boat builder who wants the fastest race boat in the World. They design the boat, carburetor and the engine but lack of money and the foreclosure of the business hinders their efforts to prove the new design. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The fastest boats afloat! The gayest romance you've ever thrilled at , in a glamorous setting of the millionaire's playground of the Pacific! (original ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Let's Go See more »

Filming Locations:

San Pedro Bay, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final feature film of Karl Dane. See more »

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Doesn't stand up to the passage of time
1 November 2006 | by timothymcclenaghanSee all my reviews

This is a so-so story, with the typical formula of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back again, in combination with a story about speedboat design and racing. There isn't much here to interest today's movie viewer. While there are some movies of the early 1930s which continue to delight us (e.g. Dinner At Eight), this movie isn't one of them.

Lead star William Haines was at the end of his film career. In his biography of Haines, "Wisecracker", author William J. Mann alleges that Haines's career was on the decline partly due to his aging out of the roles he had become typecast in, and also to becoming pudgy. Yet, Haines appears in a swimsuit in this film, looking fit and trim.

The Great Depression made film studios reluctant to make long-term contracts with actors, and when they did, they substantially reduced the salaries paid. Stories of Haines's enmity with MGM brass, and the effects of his personal life, may be apocryphal. The net net is that Haines wasn't making money for MGM any longer, and so he was out.

I wouldn't recommend this film unless you are a real die-hard Haines fan.


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