Casey Owens (James Darren), a young mechanic, has developed a design for a turbine car engine, paving the way for a jet-powered auto certain to set a new land speed record. Wealthy playboy ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Casey Owens
Eadie Manning
Chuck Manning
Joanie Sommers ...
Doreen Grey
Marge Owens
Paul Manning
Peter Mann ...
Stanford Rogers
Celeste Manning
Highway Patrol Officer
Ernie Owens
Dave Moody
Martin Blaine ...
Prof. George E. Collins
Max Schumacher ...
Himself (as Captain Max Schumacher)


Casey Owens (James Darren), a young mechanic, has developed a design for a turbine car engine, paving the way for a jet-powered auto certain to set a new land speed record. Wealthy playboy Stanford Rogers (Peter Mann) hires Casey to build the car for him to race in the Tri-State Endurance Run. Chuck Manning (Doug McClure), an engineering student Casey met in a drag race, discovers potential flaws in the car's design. After an unsuccessful test run, Rogers abandons the turbine-powered car for a traditional racing model, but Casey and Chuck rework the turbine vehicle to compete with Rogers in the endurance run. Pamela Tiffin plays Eadie, Chuck's sister who becomes Casey's love interest. Written by Dennis Lewis <>

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THEY LIVE THESE THRILLS! Car-of-tomorrow turbine in endurance race! Dragster duels at 3 miles a minute! Bonneville world speed record run! See more »


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Release Date:

24 October 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Audacias juveniles  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chrysler supplied the turbine car for this movie in order to build up interest in their turbine project car. See more »


When the officer gives Chuck and Casey a ticket for trespassing on the drag strip, the landscape is flat. In the next shot, mountains can be seen in the background. See more »


If You Love Him
Music and Lyrics by Bobby Darin
Performed by Joanie Sommers
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entertaining movie
7 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

that was a pretty harsh review. I thought it was light and entertaining and enjoyed the old school racing scenes. This movie is not much different than the Elvis Presley movies of that era ... the acting wont blow you away but it will entertain you, seems like most reviewers agree.

BTW, it was racer Dave MacDonald who did some of the driving scenes for this film, he also appears in a cameo role. He was killed in the 1964 Indy 500 before the movies release date.

Pamela Tiffin is gorgeous so it was a pretty easy movie to watch.

I believe it was Bobby Darin who did the soundtrack

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