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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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Typical yet entertaining b-movie 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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Trivia:
Film debut of Arch Hall Jr.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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:
Monkey in My HatbandSee more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Typical yet entertaining b-movie, 12 February 2006
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

Sure this film isn't "Rebel Without a Cause". Heck, it isn't even "High School Caeser" or "High School Confedential". However, it is an amusing diversion for a rainy afternoon. Arch Hall Jr. stars as Jack Crusier, the leader of a gang of teenage car-strippers called the Choppers. They are employed by a sleazy character name Big Moose, who runs an auto salvage yard. However, the cops (and one good-looking cop's girlfriend) are quickly closing in on the gang. The film tries (and fails) to offer moral explanation for why the kids act this way, citing bad parenting and neglect. The acting (with the slight exception of Bruno VeSota) is terrible. Also, Arch Hall has to be one of the most bizarre attempts at crafting a teen idol.

So why do I enjoy this film? Its a stereotypical delinquency picture from its time, and is a complete byproduct of the late 50s / early 60s. This film wouldn't get made in any other time. It is campy and amusing, worthy of a small cult following. It's not Hall's best film ("The Sadist" gets that honor, as he actually turns in a stunning performance), but there are worse ways to spend a rainy afternoon. The DVD double feature of this and "Wild Guitar" from Something Weird Video is highly recommended. Entertaining and quickly paced as long as you don't expect art. (4/10)

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