Two favorite genres of pre-1910 motion pictures -- auto races and "chase" comedies -- were combined in the one-reel Auto Hero. The story is set during a motor race, obviously staged for the cameras but featuring several actual professional racers. Spills and thrills abound throughout the film's ten-minute life span. But the producers haven't forgotten that the story is essentially humorous, thus the race is won by a mere slip of a girl (and this at a time when women drivers were few and far between). Some amusing special effects add to the film's overall entertainment value.
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