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A typical Larry Semon farce, Kid Speed features a lot of people falling into mud holes, chief among them Frank "Fatty" Alexander, a supporting comic so obese that he makes Oliver Hardy look downright emaciated in comparison. For unexplained reasons, Semon at one point brings in former heavyweight boxing champion James J. Jeffries, but then gives him nothing to do other than punch Hardy in the nose. The entire second reel is taken up with the race, the highlight of which has Semon barreling through a farm house only to emerge covered in a sheet, a la the Ku Klux Klan. The resulting terror of African-American sidekick Spencer Bell (aka G. Howe Black) was apparently meant to be amusing. Hans J. Wollstein, All Movie Guide

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