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This is a pip comedy on which anybody can write a catch line for reprinting and be right. (…) Action brings back Coney Island in all its mid-summer glory, and although the amusement resort has taken a lot of camera punishment, Lloyd has got enough gags running to make it stand off whatever repetitious liabilities are there. (…)
It’s a gag picture but what gags. A general melee between a gang of roughnecks and the old tradesmen on the street which the horse car serves, and which the elderly cronies use as a club house every night, is the best comedy battle in seasons. (…)
A lot of wild driving in the film, once with Lloyd wheeling a taxi and again when he hooks up a team of horses to the horsecar, after it’s been stolen, and rushes across town to make the once daily trip. Most of this is genuine New York stuff, shot all over the town, but some of it’s Los Angeles, too. Anyway, the mad taxi gallop is a standout sequence, and there’s plenty of laughs as Lloyd rushes Babe Ruth to the Yank stadium, the Babe turning loose some pretty fair mugging at the horrors of Lloyd’s driving. (…)
No question that the outstanding feature of the film is the brainwork behind it. In other words, the gags. Lloyd has a rep of having the best of the comedy constructors around him on the Coast, and SPEEDY will about prove it. (…) Camera work is excellent, titles often make their point and the action seldom slows up. (…) SPEEDY is a corking program laugh provoker.
Sidne Silverman, Variety, 11.4.1928