The Roaring Road

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The Roaring Road
The Roaring Road (1919) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by James Cruze
Frank Urson (racing sequence)
James Barranger (asst. director)
Produced by Adolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
Written by Marion Fairfax
Based on short stories
by Byron Morgan
Starring Wallace Reid
Cinematography Frank Urson
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
April 27, 1919
Running time
5 reels
(4,309 feet)
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Roaring Road is a 1919 American silent 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 DVD from online sources.[1][2]


As described in a film magazine,[3] "Toodles" Walden (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, then 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.


Larry Steers and Teddy Tetzlaff appear uncredited.

See also


  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Roaring Road at
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 by The American Film Institute, c. 1988
  3. ^ Harrison, Louis Reeves (April 26, 1919). "Reviews and Advertising Aids: The Roaring Road". Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Company. 40 (4): 531. Retrieved 2014-08-28. 

External links

  • The Roaring Road on IMDb
  • The Roaring Road is available for free download at the Internet Archive
  • The Roaring Road;
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