Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951)

Hard, Fast and Beautiful





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In this drama, a forceful, socially ambitious mother seeks to fulfill her dreams through her daughter, a talented young tennis player.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Martha Wilkerson
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as Millie Farley

as Florence Farley

as Fletcher Locke

as Fletcher Locke

as Gordon McKay

as Will Farley

as Miss Martin

as Miss Martin

as J.R. Carpenter

as Interne

as Announcer

as Commentator

as Young Official

as Announcer

as Umpire
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All Critics (1)

... trite and predictable.

Full Review… | September 1, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Hard, Fast and Beautiful


Ida Lupino directed movies were always tightly paced affairs and this one is no different. It moves with great economy through it's simple story of a woman's dreams for herself and her daughter and there corruption by avarice. She was fortunate to have the always excellent Claire Trevor in the lead, she is superior, the rest of the cast is merely adequate.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Ida Lupino's "Hard, Fast and Beautiful" takes a sophisticated look at the dark side of sports, focusing not on the rising star but rather the familial discord brought about by success and greed. Voice-over narration, thoughtful staging and an icy performance by Claire Trevor make the selfish, ruthlessly ambitious mother a fascinating central character. The uncompromising ending is still a breath of a fresh air.

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