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Arch Hall Sr. (written by)
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Release Date:
30 November 1961 (USA) See more »
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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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Mildly entertaining exploitation trash. 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
 
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Bill Rolland .... special car
 

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USA:66 min
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The hot rod Arch Hall Jr. drives in the film was a famous vehicle, built and owned by Bill Roland, that had been featured on the cover of "Hot Rod" magazine.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the gang is terrorizing Norman and his girlfriend in their car at the drive-in, Snooper remarks that Moon hubcaps - a lightweight hubcap that covers the entire face of the rim - dent easily, and a close-up shows someone's foot kicking several dents in a Moon cap. However, when Norman's car finally backs up a few seconds later and leaves the drive-in, there are no Moon hubcaps on it, only small round caps that cover just the hub of the wheel.See more »
Quotes:
Jack 'Cruiser' Bryan:[to Jim Bradford, as he is being arrested] We had a ball. A real ball.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Wild Guitar (1962)See more »
Soundtrack:
Monkey in My HatbandSee more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Mildly entertaining exploitation trash., 8 October 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is Arch Hall, Jr.'s first film and it's strange that although he appeared a year later in WILD GUITAR that he looked a lot younger and less polished in THE CHOPPERS. Not surprisingly, his father, schlock film maker Arch Hall, Sr. was also in the film in a bit part as a radio announcer decrying the sad plight of youth run wild. Leigh Jason directed this film with enough style and grace to make me almost think that Hall, Sr. had done so--in other words, he, too, was a hack.

Despite the title, this film is NOT about motorcycles or helicopters but about youths who make money and get cheap thrills "chopping" cars. In other words, they strip cars illegally--selling the parts to an unscrupulous junkyard owner who resells them. The beginning appears to be narrated by Hall, Sr. and much of the film feels very stiff--like a much stiffer version of "Dragnet". The only performers who weren't stiff in their deliveries were the teens--who seemed like total stereotypes of the "youth gone wild" beatniks of the age. Also, I am pretty sure that at least one of the songs you hear in the background is one of Arch, Jr.'s--he sang in several of his films and I'd recognize that adequate voice anywhere.

There were a few interesting quality touches in the film. One occurred at about the 47 minutes mark. As the truck was driving down the highway, you see the driver turning the wheel back and forth in the closeup--like he's turning the corner. But when the camera pulls back, you see the road is straight as an arrow for miles! Another was the great acting by the drunk dad near the end--a terrible performance that stood out way ahead of all the other poor performances! Overall, a bad film that is worth seeing for a laugh. In other words, bad movie fans will enjoy it immensely--others probably won't be so impressed.

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