The Big Wheel (film)


The Big Wheel (film)

Infobox_Film
name = The Big Wheel


imdb_id = 0041179
director = Edward Ludwig
writer = Robert Smith
starring = Mickey Rooney
Thomas Mitchell
Mary Hatcher
Spring Byington
Hattie McDaniel
Kippee Valez| producer = Mort Briskin
Samuel H. Stiefel
music = Gerard Carbonara
Nat W. Finston
Kermit Goell
John Leipold
Fred Spielman
cinematography = Ernest Laszlo
distributor = United Artists
released = 1949
runtime = 92 min.
language = English

"The Big Wheel" is a 1949 film starring Mickey Rooney and Thomas Mitchell. Rooney plays a young son determined to follow in his father's footsteps as a race car driver. Despite the fact that his father, "Cannonball" Coy, was killed in a fiery crash during a race at Indianapolis, his son Billy Coy (Rooney) is undaunted and manages to work his way up from race mechanic to top driver. The story follows him through the ups and downs of the racing life, from nightclub shenanigans to dragout brawls, with hairpin turns on the track in between. All the while the adoration of a racecar owner's daughter (Mary Hatcher) and the love of his mother (Spring Byington) sees Billy through his many trials. The film also features Hattie McDaniel. [www.imdb.com]

Cast

Mickey Rooney ... Billy Coy
Thomas Mitchell ... Arthur 'Red' Stanley
Mary Hatcher ... Louise Riley
Michael O'Shea ... Vic Sullivan
Spring Byington ... Mary Coy
Hattie McDaniel ... Minnie
Steve Brodie ... Happy Lee
Lina Romay ... Dolores Raymond
Allen Jenkins ... George
Richard Lane ... Reno Riley (billed as Dick Lane)

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