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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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Release Date:
30 November 1961 (USA) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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  (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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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: As the Choppers' truck is driving down the highway, a police car - a 1957 Plymouth - pulls up behind them and turns on its siren to have them pull over. However, when the car pulls alongside of the truck and forces it to the side of the road, it has turned into a 1959 Chevy.See more »
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 »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Tommy Ivo's T Bucket?, 8 July 2002
Author: (JOHN.BATES@SORRENTO.COM) from Vista, Calif

Not sure. But that looks a lot like Tommy Ivo's Buick powered T bucket street rod that Arch Hall, Jr is zipping around in.

The somewhat business-like pace of the story keeps this film from being completely laughable. There's a kind of sincerity of effort to 'The Choppers' that makes you stop laughing long enough to pay attention. The ex-Playmate of the Month in the role of the insurance guy's always hungry secretary provides another reason to pay attention.

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