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Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951)

Hard, Fast and Beautiful





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Ida Lupino, one of the few major Hollywood actresses to move from the sound stage to the director's chair in the 1940s and 1950s, helmed this story about a mother's obsessive drive to see her daughter succeed. Florence Farley (Sally Forrest) is a young woman with a tremendous gift as a tennis player, and her mother Milly (Claire Trevor) is determined to see Florence make the most of her talents. However, Milly's greatest concern isn't with her daughter's happiness or well-being, but with her own financial success, and when Milly begins interfering with Florence's romance with Gordon McKay (Robert Clarke), the daughter begins to rebel against her mother. Director Lupino and actor Robert Ryan both make cameo appearances as spectators at a tennis match.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Martha Wilkerson
In Theaters:
RKO Radio Pictures


Claire Trevor
as Millie Farley
Sally Forrest
as Florence Farley
Carleton G. Young
as Fletcher Locke
Carleton Young
as Fletcher Locke
Robert Clarke
as Gordon McKay
Kenneth Patterson
as Will Farley
Marcella Cisney
as Miss Martin
Michael Cisney
as Miss Martin
Joseph Kearns
as J.R. Carpenter
George Fisher
as Announcer
Arthur Little Jr.
as Commentator
Bert Whitley
as Young Official
Edwin Reimers
as Announcer
Don Kent
as Umpire
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... trite and predictable.

Full Review… | September 1, 2006
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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

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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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