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The Choppers (1961)

 -  Drama  -  30 November 1961 (USA)
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A gang of teenage delinquents terrorize a small community by stealing cars and stripping them for parts, then selling the parts to a crooked junkyard owner. The police and an insurance company investigator set out to break up the gang.

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Cast overview:
Arch Hall Jr. ...
Jack 'Cruiser' Bryan
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Torch Lester (as Robert Padget)
Burr Middleton ...
Snooper (as Mickey Hoyle)
Rex Holman ...
Flip Johnson (as Roye Baker)
Chuck Barnes ...
Ben Shore
Tom Brown ...
Tom Hart
Marianne Gaba ...
Liz
William Shaw ...
Police Lt. Frank Fleming (as Bill Shaw)
Bruno VeSota ...
Moose McGill
Britt Wood ...
Cowboy Boggs
Dee Gee Green ...
Gypsy
Richard Cowl ...
Torch's Father (as Richard S. Cowl)
Patrick Hawley ...
Officer Jenks (as Pat Hawley)
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A gang of teenage delinquents terrorize a small community by stealing cars and stripping them for parts, then selling the parts to a crooked junkyard owner. The police and an insurance company investigator set out to break up the gang.

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Both Arch Hall Jr. and Burr Middleton got into trouble with the unions on the set of the film, Hall for moving the car he drove in the film (he was allowed to drive it during actual shooting but was supposed to wait for union workers to move it any other time) and Middleton for loaning his personal car to the production and then taking it back again because he needed it to return home after a day's work. See more »

Goofs

The Choppers hook up a tow line to a car they find abandoned on the side of the road, a light-colored 1959 Buick two-door convertible, and tow it to a side road in order to strip it. However, when they come to the end of the road and unhook the car, it has turned into a dark-colored late-1940s four-door sedan. The same Buick again turns up near the end of the picture as the last car they try to strip. See more »

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Mr. Lester: [drunkenly, into microphone] I wanna tell the whole world something. Those cops, they ain't gonna take my boy Torch. There ain't enough cops in the whole world to take my boy Torch. You hear me? They ain't gonna take my boy Torch!
Jim Bradford: [taking away microphone] Ladies and gentlemen, when you pick up your morning newspaper and read about some youngster getting into trouble and wonder why... I think you've heard one good answer.
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Up the Creek
Music and Lyrics by Arch Hall Jr.
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One of Fairway's better efforts . . .
8 December 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

. . . which isn't saying much, as besides this and the excellent "The Sadist," Fairway's output was nothing but Grade-Z trash. There are several factors, however, that raise this a notch or two above the usual Fairway garbage. One is that director Leigh Jason makes this film look better and more professional than it deserves. Jason, a Hollywood veteran who had been directing since the 1930s, had obviously fallen on hard times if he was reduced to working for Fairway, but he still knew how to put a film together, something that Fairway never seemed to quite get the hang of. Another factor in the film's favor is leading lady Marianne Gaba. While she's no great shakes as an actress, she is nonetheless competent, and also drop-dead gorgeous (as one would expect a former Playboy Playmate to be) and a welcome relief from the embarrassing attempts at acting from most of the rest of the cast (one odd thing, though, is her "romance" with Tom Brown, who plays her boss. Brown, who had been an actor since the 1920s, has to be at least 25 years older than Gaba, and that kind of age difference was seldom, if ever, seen in Hollywood films until relatively recently). Veteran heavy Bruno VeSota is his usual enjoyable if somewhat hammy self as the crooked owner of a junkyard. Whatever pluses the film has, however, are more than outweighed by the laughable, self-consciously "hip" dialog by writer/producer Arch Hall Sr.--some of the "slang" he writes for the teenagers is out of the 1940s, not the 1960s--and the almost non-existent production values. Most of the film is shot outdoors and the few interior sets are threadbare in the extreme. The "rock n' roll" score is, as has been previously mentioned, perversely enjoyable in its awfulness. A few neat old cars--especially an absolutely gorgeous '59 Cadillac convertible that is seen in the very beginning of the film and never shown again and a very nice early '50s Kaiser that is, unfortunately, stripped to the bones and trashed--and the beautiful Gaba make this a film that you might want to see once, but that's about it.


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