Boy (Gordon) meets girl (Florence), sharing an interest in tennis. But Florence has a supremely ambitious mother who intends to push her ahead regardless (she barely knows her own husband exists). Florence’s tennis career rapidly advances, thanks to mother’s manipulation and a promotion-minded coach; building toward the inevitable conflict between the fulfilment of Mother’s dreams…and daughter’s. —IMDb
Ida Lupino (4 February 1918 – 3 August 1995) was an English-American film actress and director, and a pioneer among women filmmakers. In her forty-eight year career, she appeared in fifty-nine films, and directed nine others. She also appeared in episodic television fifty-eight times and directed fifty other episodes. In addition, she contributed as a writer to five films and four TV episodes.
Lupino was born into a family of performers. Her father, Stanley Lupino, was a music-hall comedian, and her mother, Connie Emerald, was an actress. As a girl, Ida was encouraged to enter show business by both her parents and her uncle, Lupino Lane. She made her first movie appearance in 1931, in The Love Race, and spent the next several years playing minor roles.
It was after her appearance in The Light That Failed in 1939 that Lupino began to be taken seriously as a dramatic actress. As a result, her parts improved during the 1940s and she began to describe herself… read more
Ida Lupino's "Hard, Fast and Beautiful" takes a sophisticated look at the dark side of sports, focusing not on the rising star but rather the familial discord brought about by success and greed. Voice-over narration, thoughtful staging and an icy performance by Claire Trevor make the selfish, ruthlessly ambitious mother a fascinating central character. The uncompromising ending is still a breath of a fresh air.