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The Crowd Roars

The Crowd Roars(1932)

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The film opens with a tribute to the famous racing drivers who appear in the production, many of whom play themselves in the race scenes. William Arnold, who plays Bill in the film, was the winner of the 1930 Indianapolis 500 race. According to Film Daily, Dorothy MacKaill was considered for the part of Lee. Modern sources list the following additional cast credits: Phil Pardee, Lou Schneider, Bryan Salspaugh (Racing drivers), James Burtis (Mechanic), Sam Hayes (Ascot announcer), Robert McWade (Tom, counterman), Ralph Dunn (Official), John Conte (Announcer) and John Harron (Red, Eddie's pitman). Additional modern source crew credits include: Supervisor, Raymond Griffith; Makeup, Perc Westmore; and Assistant Director, Dick Rosson. Modern sources list The Roar of the Crowd and The Roaring Crowd as alternate titles and state that the race scenes were filmed at Indianapolis, Ventura and Ascot race tracks. A French-language version, La foule hurle, was also produced in 1932. Warner Bros. remade this film in 1939 as Indianapolis Speedway (see below).