starring Johnny Hines and Faire Binney
December 1924

Speed, dash, action and excitement are dished up in this Johnny Hines attraction, patterned after melodramatic lines. Any audience that has become surfeited with jazz parties and flappers as they are presented in current celluloid, should react to this out-and-out melodrama with a small town setting - and its village villains, cut-ups, sweet girl heroines, and dauntless heroes.

The piece lives up to its title - with Hines playing an auto race driver with plenty of dash and a large dental smile. It capitalizes the value of publicity by showing the hero driving a "ghost car." There's plenty of melodramatic meat - and it depends upon its speed and hokum for appeal. Dashingly played by Hines, Faire Binney and others.

starring Johnny Hines and Faire Binney
September 13, 1924

In spite of its many weaknesses, "The Speed Spook" is an amusing picture and is somewhat of a relief after some of the celluloid drivel I have seen recently. There is not a single cocktail glass or a swimming pool in the picture.
Admirers of Johnny Hines will probably love his latest effort. It has plenty of pep to it, and one of the most popular movie stories ever used has been dragged out, dressed up and pressed into service. That of the youth who shows up the crooked politician, aids in electing his sweetheart's father sheriff, and also makes this same gal's automobile business a success. What more could one desire?

Johnny is as funny as Johnny Hines ever will be. There are a number of original situations inserted - sometimes dragged in by the heels - to provide laughter. The use of the army tank in a chase, propelled by Johnny, is rather well done. "The Speed Spook" is welcome chiefly because it gives us a glimpse of those two fine actors, Edmund Breese and Frank Losee. Faire Binney is her usual self as the girl, and Warner Richmond is good as the villain. Ralph Spence wrote the titles, but after the second reel he hunted up his joke book.

starring Johnny Hines and Faire Binney
January 1925

There is speed, action and excitement in Johnny Hines' latest comedy. Hines reveals his ability as a comedian to the fullest extent. He drives for laughs and never misses a point. The story concerns a racing driver and the publicity stunt he uses to put the girl's father on his feet. The stunt involves the speeding of a driverless car through the highways and byways. But is it driverless? Go see the picture and find out.

For more information, see "The Speed Spook" as our "Feature of the Month"

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