Money for Speed

Money for Speed is a 1933 British sports drama film directed by Bernard Vorhaus and starring John Loder, Ida Lupino, Cyril McLaglen and Moore Marriott. It is centered on the sport of speedway racing, which was at its peak of popularity at the time.

Money for Speed
Directed byBernard Vorhaus
Produced byBernard Vorhaus
Written byBernard Vorhaus
Vera Allinson
Monica Ewer
Lionel Hale
StarringJohn Loder
Ida Lupino
Cyril McLaglen
Moore Marriott
Music byPhilip Braham
CinematographyEric Cross
Edited byDavid Lean
Hall Mark Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
March 1933
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

It featured speedway riders Ginger Lees, Lionel van Praag and Frank Varey, and speedway promoter Johnnie Hoskins. The film's editor David Lean had a brief appearance as a newspaper reporter.

Production and reception

The film was made by the independent company Hall Mark Productions at Wembley Studios and was distributed by United Artists. It was also released under the alternative title Daredevils of Earth. It was for many years considered a lost film, before two prints resurfaced. Along with Vorhaus' other Thirties work, the film was subject to a revival of critical interest from the 1980s onwards and is regarded as one of the most significant low-budget films of the era. It was one of the first feature films made by Vorhaus, who went on to have a notable career in British quota quickies and American supporting films.

Partial cast


  • Richards, Jeffrey (ed.). The Unknown 1930s: An Alternative History of the British Cinema, 1929- 1939. I.B. Tauris & Co, 1998

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