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Thunder in Carolina (1960)

Professional stock car racer Mitch Cooper wrecks his car and hurts his ankle in a brutal smash-up. Mitch takes time off from racing to teach cocky eager beaver kid Les York how to drive ... See full summary »

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Mitch Cooper
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Buddy Schaeffer
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Rene York
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Les York (as John Gentry)
Ed McGrath ...
Reichert
Troyanne Ross ...
Kay Hill
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Stoogie
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Myrtle Webb
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Tommy Webb
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Peaches
Ann Stevens ...
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George Rembert Jr. ...
Junior Thorsen
Olwen Roney ...
Motel manager
Dick Taylor ...
Higgins
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Professional stock car racer Mitch Cooper wrecks his car and hurts his ankle in a brutal smash-up. Mitch takes time off from racing to teach cocky eager beaver kid Les York how to drive well on the track. Mitch also takes a fancy to York's lovely, no-nonsense wife Rene. This leads to York ditching Mitch as his manager so he can race for some evil jerk millionaire who only cares about winning. Written by Woodyanders

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Daredevils with women and machines ...driving the great Southern 500! See more »

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July 1960 (USA)  »

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Rory Calhoun also appeared with Alan Hale, Jr. in the 18th episode of season 3 of "Gilligan's Island," titled, "The Hunter." See more »

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Crying for the Carolines
4 November 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

After completing the run of his television western series The Texan and before departing to Europe looking for work Rory Calhoun did this independent picture in North Carolina concerning stock car racing. I'm wondering if when he read the script he didn't notice that this was taken from the Robert Mitchum/Susan Hayward film The Lusty Men. Just substitute stock cars for the rodeo circuit and this is a remake with a change in the ending.

If you like stock car racing than this is your movie. Otherwise I think you will be bored. The whole cast gives rather desultory performances. Calhoun plays a veteran stock car driver who is injured and while injured tutors young Race Gentry in the rudiments of the sport. Of course Gentry's wife Connie Hines is opposed to him leaving their gas station garage where he's making a good living and she hates the influence that Calhoun has developed over her husband. But Rory is certainly noticing her.

Shots of the stock car racing are the best thing this film has to offer. And Connie Hines would soon be going into a television series that was longer running than Calhoun's The Texan. That would be Mister Ed.


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