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The Roaring Road


A young man (Wallace Reid) pursues a young lady (Ann Little) with the same energy he applies to his other obsession in life, auto racing.

The Roaring Road is a 1919 in film American silent film action romance film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is taken from the short stories by Byron Morgan; Junkpile Sweepstakes, Undertaker's Handicap, and Roaring Road.
This film was so successful that it spawned a sequel, Excuse My Dust, from stories by the same author. This film is available on Video and or DVD from online sources.</> "Toodles" Waldron (Reid), an automobile salesman who works for a sporty old automobile distributor J. D. Ward (Roberts), has racing ambitions and is in love with Ward's daughter Dorothy (Little). The old man does not propose to give her up for five years and overreaches in an attempt to stimulate the young man with feigned complaints. They part company, but Ward is in despair when three racing machines are damaged in a train wreck. Toodles buys the wreckage and assembles one complete car with the aid of his mechanic. With this car Toodles wins an important race, and holds up Ward for an increase in pay. There are just a few days left for a record to be broken between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and after Toodles is arrested for speeding, Ward has him released as part of his plot to break this record. Ward kidnaps his own daughter, and Toodles comes to the rescue and breaks the record, and also wins Dorothy.


  • Wallace Reid - Walter Thomas "Toodles" Waldron
  • Ann Little - Dorothy Ward, the cub
  • Theodore Roberts - J. D. Ward, the bear
  • Guy Oliver - Tom Darby
  • Clarence Geldart - Fred Wheeler

Larry Steers and Teddy Tetzlaff appear uncredited.

See also

  • The House That Shadows Built (1931 promotional film by Paramount)

  • Category:1919 films
    Category:American silent feature films
    Category:Films directed by James Cruze
    Category:Films based on short fiction
    Category:Famous Players-Lasky films
    Wilfred Buckland

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