The Speed Girl

The Speed Girl is a lost[1] 1921 American silent comedy film produced by Realart Pictures and released through Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Maurice Campbell, a Broadway director and producer, and starred Bebe Daniels, then a popular 20-year-old veteran film actress.[2][3]

The Speed Girl
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Directed byMaurice Campbell
Produced byRealart Pictures
Written byElmer Harris (story)
Douglas Z. Doty (scenarios)
StarringBebe Daniels
CinematographyH. Kinley Martin
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • November 1921 (1921-11)
Running time
64 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The film was supposedly expanded into a screenplay from Bebe Daniels's real life jail sentence of 10 days for speeding.[4]


As described in a film magazine,[5] screen star Betty Lee (Daniels) is in love with naval officer Tom Manley (von Eltz). Tom is due back on his ship at a certain hour and Betty, not realizing the importance of this, sets his watch back. When she is told that he will be court-martialed if he is not on deck on time, Betty endeavors to get him back in town. She is arrested for speeding and put in a jail cell. Hundreds of fans visit, and Judge Ketcham (Courtright), who had sentenced her, brings a bouquet and apologizes. Betty befriends a fellow prisoner and is instrumental in helping her, too.



  1. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Speed Girl
  2. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 published by The American Film Institute, c.1971
  3. Progressive Silent Film List: The Speed Girl at
  4. "The Speed Girl". AllMovie. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  5. "Reviews: The Speed Girl". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 13 (22): 53. November 26, 1921.
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