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Hot Cars (1956)

A salt-of-earth family man needs money for his sick son, and decides to keep a job at a used car lot despite realizing it is selling stolen cars.



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Nick Dunn doesn't want to be mixed up in a stolen car ring operating out of a chain of car dealerships in Culver City, CA, but Nick Dunn's son needs an operation, and an operation costs money. When detective Davenport comes snooping around about some hot cars, and later turns up dead, Nick's fortunes take a turn for the worse. Written by Barry Shein

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Sleek ... soft ... expensive ... every move she made cost a man his life! See more »


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Release Date:

2 November 1956 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The car being taken for a test drive at the beginning of the film is a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL convertible. MSRP was around $4,000 ($36,700 in 2017). In excellent condition, at auction in 2017 these cars can fetch well over $100,000. See more »


Det. Davenport: There's a real cozy hot car racket working the state. Sooner or later, somebody's gonna get their neck barbecued.
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Crazy Credits

The following acknowledgment appears on screen at the end of the film: "The producers of 'Hot Cars' wish to thank Big John's used car lot and Johnny O'Toole's used car lot in Culver City, California, for their help in making this picture possible". See more »


Referenced in Young, Hot 'n Nasty Teenage Cruisers (1977) See more »

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Short, decent, straightforward old crime show.
11 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

Are you somewhere around 50 years old or older?

If so, then you might enjoy this short, simple, black-and-white production as a nostalgic blast from the past as much as I did.

As a bonus, if you are into cars like I am, there are some nice classic cars in supporting roles. A definite disappointment though is that the cover art has absolutely, totally, nothing to do with the film itself. Nobody like those women on the movie's thumbnail illustration is actually in the movie--the picture was obviously just selected to pique prurient interest, which was exactly why I put it in my queue. Really deceptive marketing, but it worked like a charm on me.

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