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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Tom Phillips
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Peg Phillips
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Gloria
Laurie Mock ...
Tina Phillips
Paul Bertoya ...
Duke
Gene Kirkwood ...
Ernie
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Jamie Phillips (as Tim Stafford)
George Ives ...
Lank Dailey
Hortense Petra ...
Wife at Picnic
William Mims ...
Man at Picnic
Paul Genge ...
Policeman
Peter Oliphant ...
Little Boy
Harry Hickox ...
Bill Phillips
Charles P. Thompson ...
Charley
Mickey Rooney Jr. ...
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While on a business trip just before Christmas, Tom Phillips gets into a car accident, which was caused by the reckless driving of the other car involved. Although Tom suffered no paralysis from his back injury, he did come out of the accident with a chronic back problem which results in him not being able to continue with his current work, and a mental block having anything to do with the accident, including Christmas music, driving in general and the sounds of screeching tires and breaking glass. The Phillips - Tom, his wife Peg, and their two children, teenager Tina and pre-teen Jamie - end up moving from their Boston home and buying a motel in Mayville in the California desert. Tom would be physically able to do the work required running a motel, and the dry heat is good for his back. But as they approach Mayville, they encounter a bunch of reckless hot rodders named Duke, Ernie and Gloria. Since Tom scolds them about their reckless behavior, they decide to make the Phillips' ... Written by Huggo

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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27 January 1967 (USA)  »

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52 Miles to Terror  »

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This film was originally announced by MGM in July 1955 as another juvenile delinquent drama to follow up on the box-office success of Blackboard Jungle (1955). The studio had purchased the short story "The Red Car" by Alex Gaby prior to its publication (as "Fifty-Two Miles to Terror") in the January 14, 1956, issue of "The Saturday Evening Post". The January 20, 1956, New York Times reported that Richard Thorpe was set to direct the screenplay by Rod Serling, with studio head Dore Schary personally producing the picture. On March 24 the Times reported that the project was "postponed indefinitely" and "casting difficulties were cited as the reason for the decision to halt preparations." See more »

Goofs

It's Winter in Massachusetts, yet the trees, shrubs and grass outside the hospital after Dana Andrew's accident are lush & green. See more »

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Jamie Phillips: All girls are nuts!
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A partially disabled businessman is forced to re-affirm his manhood by defeating a bunch of rowdy youths in hot rods who are terrorizing him and his family in an effort to discourage him from buying and clea
5 August 1998 | by (Pawcatuck, CT) – See all my reviews

To enjoy this movie, it should NOT be taken seriously. It seems to have been written as a warning about the dangers of rowdyism, but it's most appreciative viewer will be someone who used to be a bit of a hell-raiser as a teenager, or perhaps someone who dreamed of being one (practically all of us!). You must be able to relish every groan of agony uttered by Dana Andrews and his ultra straight-laced family, at the lawless shenanigans of those young hoodlums in "souped-up sardine cans!". It's worth whatever price you pay for this film, just to hear Tom Phillips (Dana's character) growl in disgust "What kind of animals ARE those?". Get your hands on a copy, invite over a crowd of your ex-hellraiser friends, turn off your brains, and have a ball!


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