• The Kid at the Races in Venice 1914

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    This silent movie was the debut of Charlie Chaplin's character "The Kid". This movie was shot live at the 1914 Junior Vanderbilt Cup race, in front of real spectators. The film took 45 minutes to shoot, and was released on February 7, 1914 by Keystone Studios.

    Chaplin portrays a spectator at a race in Venice, California, who keeps interfering with the camera man, getting in the way of the race spectators, and drivers.

  • The Garage 1920

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    Buster Keaton and "Fatty" Arbuckle star in this silent film, which is a collection of gags constructed around a small-town garage that also serves as the volunteer fire and police department.

  • Get Out and Get Under 1920

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    This silent movie was released on September 12, 1920.

    Harold Lloyd plays a young man in love with a girl and a car. The girl is played by actress Mildred Davis, Lloyd's future real life wife, and the automobile is a Ford Model T. Lloyd worships his car, it really is his sweetheart. The Ford causes him so much trouble that you wonder why it is kept under a protective cloak in a temperature-controlled garage. It is a scenario that was then absurd, but common to today's viewer. You will also see Harold pass a Pierce Arrow on the road in one scene. Step back to the pre-drive-in days of 1920 with us for this great classic comedy.

  • Hot Water 1924

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    Harold Lloyd is in hot water. The movie is a humorous look at the mother-in-law relationship to marriage, including one sequence in which Hubby accidently chloroforms his mother-in-law and thinks that he has killed her. When she begins sleep-walking, he thinks that she has returned to haunt him.

    In another sequence hubby is taking the family for a spin in his new Butterfly Six, but the mother-in-law takes the owners guide out and starts giving instructions. The Butterfly Six is really a 1923 Chevrolet Superior.

    Comedies in the early 20's were seen as an opening to a dramatic feature film in a double feature, not as the main event. To please the movie theatres, Lloyd produced Hot Water as a series of sequences on five reels that could be easily shortened. Have some fun with Harold Lloyd at his best in this five reel length comedy, or just watch the Butterfly Six sequence in the 1923 Chevrolet Timeline.

  • Strong Man 1926

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    Directed by now legend Frank Capra, this early Capra film is about a meek Belgian soldier, played by Harry Langdon, fighting in World War I. The soldier receives pen pal letters and a photo from "Mary Brown", an American girl he has never met. He becomes infatuated with her by long distance, and after the war, the young Belgian moves to America to find his love. He finds employment with a circus, and although it was not the star of the movie, there is a 1920 Chevrolet 1-ton truck that the "The Strong Man" employs. filmed in 1926.

  • Speedy 1928

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    Harold Lloyd plays a man who can't hold a job. This funny film includes a scenario where he lands a new job as a cabbie. Barely able to secure a fare in his new cab, Yankees fanatic Speedy picks up the real Babe Ruth for a fare. The movie was filmed on location in New York.

  • Thru Traffic 1933

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    The cover story of the May, 1933 issue of Automobile Digest magazine shows a promo for the new movie "Thru Traffic" produced by Warner Brothers for the Perfect Circle Company. This is a movie about two race car drivers, while in the hospital after a crash on the race track, decide to open a repair garage. Along the way the two drivers learn about city corruption and politics, friendship, and love. Perfect Circle products are mentioned a lot, as would be expected. The movie was released in 1935 as Speed Devils, but Thru Traffic is the original film.

    Watch the full movie from the cover story, or read the magazine, right here on AutomotiveTimelines.

  • Keep 'Em Flying 1941

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    Bud Abbott and Lou Costello star as servicemen in this wartime comedy, in which they sign up for flight school and Costello falls for twins played by Martha Raye. The movie was promoted in the June 1942 Dodge News magazine, that you can read in our Library or in the Dodge Timeline, here on AutomotiveTimelines.

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  • The Devil and Miss Jones 1941

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    The world's richest man is annoyed to hear workers at one of his stores are trying to form a union. Going under cover in a menial job, he's determined to root out the troublemakers.


    Jean Arthur as Mary Jones, store clerk, Robert Cummings as Joe O'Brien, Charles Coburn as John P. Merrick, richest man in the world, Edmund Gwenn as Hooper, section manager, Spring Byington as Elizabeth Ellis, clerk, S.Z. Sakall as George (Merrick's Butler), William Demarest as First Detective, Walter Kingsford as Mr. Allison, store manager, Montagu Love as Harrison, Richard Carle as Oliver, Charles Waldron as Needles, Edwin Maxwell as Withers, Edward McNamara as Police Desk Sergeant, Robert Emmett Keane as Tom Higgins, Florence Bates as store shopper, Pat Flaherty as Mark - Policeman with Pickpocket, Irving Cummings, Minta Durfee as customer, William Elmer as Attendant at Jim's Bath House, Frank Mills as attendant at Third Bath House, Victor Potel as attendant at First Bath House, Walter Tetley as Stock Boy.

  • Motor Mania 1950

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    Animated by Disney Studios in 1950, this cartoon features Goofy as Mild-mannered average guy Mr. Walker, who turns into ill-mannered Mr. Wheeler when he starts driving.

  • Red Ball Express 1952

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    In 1944, the United States Army launches a massive invasion to push German lines back to the homeland. At the forefront of this assault, was General George Patton's combat forces and tanks. The "Red Ball Express" was a logistics outfit utilizing thousands of trucks to supply gasoline and ammunition to the front on time. This war movie produced in 1952, is a fictitious acount of a genuine combat support unit. You can learn more about WWII and the vehicles here on AutomotiveTimelines.

  • Susie the Little Blue Coupe 1952

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    Animated by Disney Studios in 1952, this cartoon features a little blue coupe named Susie. Her life story begins on the showroom floor and seems to end in the junk yard, until a teenage boy buys her and gives her a new start.