The Speed Kings


8m 1913

Brief Synopsis

A father attempts to thwart a woman's romantic infatuation with a race car driver in this silent short film.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Action
Short
Silent
Release Date
1913
Production Company
Keystone Film Company
Distribution Company
H2L Media Group

Technical Specs

Duration
8m

Synopsis

A father attempts to thwart a woman's romantic infatuation with a race car driver in this silent short film.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Action
Short
Silent
Release Date
1913
Production Company
Keystone Film Company
Distribution Company
H2L Media Group

Technical Specs

Duration
8m

Articles

The Speed Kings - Earl Cooper and Teddy Telzlaft


Mack Sennett had developed an interest in racing, and had recently purchased his own race car and driver to compete against speed demons Barney Oldfield, Earl Cooper, and Teddy Tetzlaff (misspelled in the film's title) in the 1913 Santa Monica Road Race. Sennett's car predictably lost, but Mack got what he really came for--he set up cameras around the track, and even mounted one on his own car, to capture the action. Then he drafted a scenario to fit around the footage, turning the race into a plot point in a silly love triangle involving Mabel Normand.

By David Kalat
The Speed Kings - Earl Cooper And Teddy Telzlaft

The Speed Kings - Earl Cooper and Teddy Telzlaft

Mack Sennett had developed an interest in racing, and had recently purchased his own race car and driver to compete against speed demons Barney Oldfield, Earl Cooper, and Teddy Tetzlaff (misspelled in the film's title) in the 1913 Santa Monica Road Race. Sennett's car predictably lost, but Mack got what he really came for--he set up cameras around the track, and even mounted one on his own car, to capture the action. Then he drafted a scenario to fit around the footage, turning the race into a plot point in a silly love triangle involving Mabel Normand. By David Kalat

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