Hard, Fast and Beautiful


Time Out says

An intriguing little melodrama from the underrated Lupino, with Trevor as an ambitious, domineering mother who pushes her daughter (Forrest) to become a tennis champion, only to accuse her of ingratitude when she falls for Clarke and tires of the tournament circuit. Rather like a Mildred Pierce of the sporting world but with sympathies reversed, it's a mite predictable in its plotting, but Trevor is typically excellent, and Lupino never sentimentalises the mother-daughter relationship. Nowhere near as rewarding as either The Hitch-hiker or The Bigamist, but a very watchable entertain- ment all the same from one of Hollywood's few women directors.


Release details

79 mins

Cast and crew

Ida Lupino
Martha Wilkerson
Sally Forrest
Kenneth Patterson
Robert Clarke
Carleton Young
Claire Trevor