Mothers and daughters -- United States -- Drama, Women tennis players -- United States -- Drama

Hard, Fast and Beautiful

Archival Print


Claire Trevor, Sally Forrest, Carleton G. Young, Robert Clarke,

Ida Lupino’s taut tennis drama depicts the complexities and limits of female ambition in postwar suburban America and contains an early exposé of corruption in amateur sports. Tennis prodigy Florence (Sally Forrest) is torn between her own dedication to her sport, using tennis to fulfill the materialistic dreams of her ambitious mother (Claire Trevor), and her desire to please her doting fiancé. Florence’s painful realization that she has been compromised by Mom in cahoots with and enthralled by a venal tennis promoter is soon echoed by her mother’s bitter comeuppance.

Kate MacKay
  • Martha Wilkerson
  • Archie Stout
  • English
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 16mm
  • 76 mins
  • UCLA Film & Television Archive
  • Warner Bros.

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Ida Lupino : hard, fast and beautiful (program note), UCLA Film & Television Archive, 2002

Ida Lupino: a reel woman (press release), Pacific Film Archive, Judy Bloch, 1992

Hard, fast and beautiful -- Ida Lupino. filmmaker and actress (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1991

Ida Lupino in a new light (program note), Art Institute of Chicago. Film Center, Barbara Scharres, 1987

Hard, fast, and beautiful (program note), Athens International Film and Video Festival, 1981

[Hard, fast and beautiful] (article), Action, 1973

Hard, fast and beautiful (program note)

Hard, fast and beautiful (program note)

Ida Lupino: actress and director (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England)

A tribute to Ida Lupino (program note), Theater Vanguard

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