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Top Speed (1930)

An order clerk poses as a millionaire.


Mervyn LeRoy


Harry Ruby (by), Bert Kalmar (by) | 3 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Joe E. Brown ... Elmer Peters
Bernice Claire ... Virginia Rollins
Jack Whiting Jack Whiting ... Gerald Brooks
Frank McHugh ... Tad Jordan
Laura Lee ... Babs Green
Edmund Breese ... Spencer Colgate
Wade Boteler ... The Sheriff
Rita Flynn ... Daisy


Two clerks pose as rich playboys at a swanky summer resort. One of them falls in love with a millionaire's daughter who has a very disapproving father, until he wins, through fate and fortune, the Big Boat Race, in the vessel owned by his sweetheart's father. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

24 August 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ganhando o Mundo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


(original) | (Turner Library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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(1929). Stage Play: Top Speed. Musical comedy. Book by Guy Bolton. Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. Lyrics by Bert Kalmar. Music by Harry Ruby. Musical Direction by Ivan Rudisill. Choreographed by John Boyle and Leroy Prinz. Directed by John Harwood. Chanin's 46th Street Theatre (moved to The Royale Theatre from 10 Mar 1930- close): 25 Dec 1929- 22 Mar 1930 (104 performances). Cast: Flo Allen (as "Ensemble"), Lester Allen (as "Elmer Peters"), Ray Apgar (as "Ensemble"), Theodore Babcock (as "Mr. Rollins"), Tom Barrett (as "Ensemble"), Laine Blaire (as "Molly"), Billie Blake (as "Ensemble"), Norine Bogan (as "Ensemble"), Irene Carroll (as "Ensemble"), Martha Carroll (as "Ensemble"), Samuel Critcherson (as "Vincent Colgate"), Sunny Dale (as "Daisy Parker") [final Broadway role], George Del Drigo (as "Waiter at the Yacht Club/Ensemble"), Irene Delroy (as "Virginia Rollins"), Alan DeSylva (as "Ensemble"), Adele Dickson (as "Ensemble"), Harland Dixon (as "Tad Jordan"), Valerie Dolaro (as "Ensemble"), Peggy Driscoll (as "Ensemble"), John T. Dwyer (as "Spencer Colgate"), Enes Early (as "Ensemble"), Olga Fox (as "Ensemble"), Louise Francis (as "Ensemble"), Mildred Franke (as "Ensemble"), Paul Frawley (as "Gerry Brooks"), Fred Furman (as "Ensemble"), William Hale (as "Souvenir Storekeeper"), Lon Hascall (as "Pete Schoonmaker"), Mildred Hosee (as "Ensemble"), Carolyn James (as "Ensemble"), Gene Johnson (as "Ensemble"), Marie Keve (as "Ensemble"), George King (as "Ensemble"), Jerry Kirkland (as "Ensemble"), Hilda Knight (as "Ensemble"), Willis Lawrence (as "Ensemble"), Irving Lesser (as "Ensemble"), Dixie Lester (as "Ensemble"), Arthur May (as "Ensemble"), Beth Meredith (as "Ensemble"), Hal Morton (as "Ensemble"), Kendall Northrop (as "Ensemble"), Hermes Pan (as "Ensemble"), Lloyd Pedrick (as "Bellows"), Lorraine Power (as "Ensemble"), John Quinn (as "Ensemble"), Helen Rauth (as "Ensemble"), Kay Reilly (as "Ensemble"), Shirley Richards (as "Shirley"), Ginger Rogers (as "Babs Green") [Broadway debut], Mildred Rye (as "Ensemble"), Paula Sands (as "Ensemble"), Charlotte Silton (as "Ensemble"), Frances Thress (as "Ensemble"), Elinor Walent (as "Ensemble"), Nondas Wayne (as "Ensemble"), Ken Williams (as "Chauffeur/Ensemble"), Dodo Wyatt (as "Ensemble"), Daniel Wyler (as "Ensemble"). Produced by Bolton, Kalmar & Ruby Ltd. Note: Filmed by First National Pictures [dstributed by Warner Bros.] as Top Speed (1930) as a Joe E. Brown vehicle. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original 80-minute version,a full musical, was only released outside of the United States. Most of the musical numbers were cut for the domestic version. It is unknown whether a print of this longer version still exists, although the complete soundtrack to the International Sound Version (which includes all of the original songs) survives on Vitaphone discs at the UCLA Film and Television Archives. See more »


If You Were a Traveling Salesman and I Were a Chambermaid
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Music by Joseph A. Burke
Lyrics by Al Dubin
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Funny and Entertaining
29 July 2010 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Have seen Joe E. Brown movies before but this was 'early Joe E.', before his screen persona became that of an overconfident country bumpkin, as in "Elmer The Great", or "Alibi Ike". It is also Pre-Code and must have been considered naughty for picture made in 1930, as the dialogue is full of double entendres, and for that matter single entendres.

As noted above, this picture is worth seeing on two counts. Brown is at his best and funniest and the musical numbers are very good - and the dancing is even better. And I didn't know Brown could dance as well as he did here. There is a lot of fun and entertainment packed into only 71 minutes.

Was not familiar with any of the supporting cast except Frank McHugh - Jack Whiting was average and Bernice Claire was lovely to look at and had a good soprano voice. See it if it comes on again, as it's not available on tape or DVD.

This movie was on ol' reliable TCM on 7/29.

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