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The Choppers -- Jack Crusier is the leader of a gang of teenage car-strippers called the Choppers.

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Writer:
Arch Hall Sr. (written by)
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Release Date:
30 November 1961 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Fuel Injected Action!
Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
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Arch Hall, Jr. Debut Is Fun Junk! See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Arch Hall Jr. ... Jack 'Cruiser' Bryan

Robert Paget ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arch Hall Sr. ... Jim Bradford (uncredited)
Carmella N. Hall ... Tina (uncredited)
Bill Rolland ... Man Handing Bradford a Microphone (uncredited)

Directed by
Leigh Jason 
 
Writing credits
Arch Hall Sr. (written by) (as Arch Hall)

Produced by
M.B. Collins .... associate producer
Arch Hall Sr. .... producer (as Arch Hall)
 
Original Music by
Al Pellegrini 
 
Cinematography by
Clark Ramsey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Ogilvie  (as Jack W. Ogilvie)
 
Casting by
Malcolm Eagle 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elmer Decker .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Richard M. Rubin .... property master
 
Sound Department
Tom Lambert .... sound technician
 
Music Department
Al Pellegrini .... musical director
 
Other crew
Bill Rolland .... special car
 

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USA:66 min
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This film was made in 1959 but not released until 1961 because producer Arch Hall Sr. was unable to get a distribution deal good enough to enable him to recoup his production costs. Once he made his second film, Eegah (1962), he was able to combine the two and offer them to distributors as a double feature, thereby getting a good enough deal to cover the costs of both films.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Wild Guitar (1962)See more »
Soundtrack:
Konga JoeSee more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Arch Hall, Jr. Debut Is Fun Junk!, 20 November 2004
Author: shepardjessica-1 from United States

Not in the league of THE SADIST or WILD GUITAR, this early Arch Hall, Jr. flick is fun, b/w, and low. Love Moose, junkyard mogul (great caricature of him on the sign as well). Whatever these guys were thinking when they made this type of exploitation film is okay with me. The slang dialogue is flowing and plenty of cheeseburgers to go around.

A 4 out of 10. Best performance = the guy who plays Moose. This is on DVD with WILD GUITAR so check it out, daddy-o! Lame songs which are perfect, chicks just good-looking enough to seem like they'd be around these guys, and nice locale where they filmed it. Arch Hall, Sr. must have been a strange dude, bankrolling his kid's career this way, but what the hey!

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