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Dragstrip Riot (1958)

After a run-in with a tough motorcycle gang, where Gary Clarke is blamed when one of the bikers is sent out of control over a cliff, he and his girl are threatened and pursued. On to the ... See full summary »

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Yvonne Lime ...
Janet Pearson
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Rick Martin
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Norma Martin / Mrs. Martin
Bob Turnbull ...
Bart Thorson
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Marge
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Silva (as Gabe DeLutri)
Stanley Dyrector ...
Cliff (as Marcus Dyrector)
Ted Wedderspoon ...
Gramps
Barry Truex ...
Gordie
Marilyn Carroll ...
Rae
Marlo Ryan ...
Helen (as Marla Ryan)
Tony Butala ...
Joe (as Tony Butula)
Carolyn Mitchell ...
Betty
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Dutch
Marc Thompson ...
Gary
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After a run-in with a tough motorcycle gang, where Gary Clarke is blamed when one of the bikers is sent out of control over a cliff, he and his girl are threatened and pursued. On to the beach riot, where the real culprit is unmasked and retaliates with his spear gun. Written by alfiehitchie

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Motorcycle gangs, hot rodders, death, romance and redemption! See more »

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March 1958 (USA)  »

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The Reckless Age  »

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Steve Ihnat's movie debut. See more »

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Featured in 42nd Street Forever, Volume 2: The Deuce (2006) See more »

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Sung by the Ripchords
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A whole lotta macho posturing....
22 February 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a film that must have seemed very hip and tough back in the day, but when you watch it now you can't help but giggle at all the macho posturing. It's a movie all about a rivalry between some spoiled rich kids whose parents bought them Corvettes and, later, some tough looking bikers. Rick Martin (Gary Clarke) has a beef with a fellow sports car enthusiast...and again and again they get into it. And, when Rick gets the better of them, this loser enlists the help of the bikers!

So what sort of music do this toughies listen to...Calypso music!! Believe it or not, for a VERY short time, there was a Calypso craze in America and these kids can really dig it! Heck, the craze was very short-lived but big--so big even Robert Mitchum made a Calypso album.

In addition to a get a chance to see some very early Corvettes, you also can see Fay Wray as Rick's mommy. You also get cute Connie Stevens as the girl that everyone just seems to want. But apart from that...I think it's all pretty dull stuff. The tough kids are not all that tough and the viewer quickly grows to hate them all...and that's the biggest problem. You have no emotional investment in this because there are no good guys...just spoiled, whiny little jerks. For a better biker film, try "Satan's Sadists" or "Werewolves on Wheels" (these are actual films...I kid you not)....because although cheesy and bad, at least they are fun.


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