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6 Day Bike Rider(1934)

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6 Day Bike Rider (1934)

During the early '30s, Joe E. Brown's slapstick comedies at Warner Bros. were big hits in rural theaters and neighborhood houses. Their success helped the studio finance more sophisticated and city-centered entertainments for years. One of his funniest is this tale of a small-town boy forced to travel to the big city to take on a romantic rival in a bicycle-riding marathon. Brown did well enough at the box office to merit one of Warner's top directors, Lloyd Bacon, who kept the action moving briskly as the near-sighted racer deals with loose floor boards on the race course, bad directions, chloroform and even a banana peel tossed in his way. None of this was any problem for Brown, a natural athlete who had played semi-pro baseball before turning to acting. And while he took the pratfalls, his racing partner, the ever-reliable Frank McHugh, kept up his side of the bargain with a string of fast-paced one-liners. The filming was as hectic as the movie, with nine bicycle riders injured shooting one racing scene when the collided with the motorcycle on which a cameraman was trying to capture the action close-up.

By Frank MIller

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