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Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  26 May 1976 (USA)
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Competition between privately owned LA ambulance companies is played for humour.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Fishbine
Milt Kamen ...
Barra Grant ...
Miss Crocker
Naomi Fishbine
Ric Carrott ...
Severn Darden ...
Bill Henderson ...
Charles Taylor


Los Angeles: A new law says that the first ambulance that arrives at an accident obtains the contract to transport the injured person. The result is ruthless competition between several companies. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


The F & B Ambulance Co. is looking for a few good men... but they will take any body they can get. See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

26 May 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ambulances tous risques  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In joke: While talking to an ambulance-chasing lawyer, Fishbine mentions a woman who got her hand stuck in a garbage disposal named Natasha Gurdin - which is real name of Natalie Wood. See more »


At several places in the film, the actor's lip movements do not match the audio, revealing that the dialogue was toned down. During Tony's job interview, Fishbein is heard saying "all-day heat on" but his lip movements are "hard-on." Later, when discussing Murdoch, Jugs is heard saying "a $100 bill sticking out of his ear" but her lips clearly say "out of his ass." See more »


Mother: [talking into ambulance radio] Tell Harry...
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Cave Dwellers (1991) See more »


No Love Today
Music by Roger Nichols
Lyrics by Will Jennings
Performed by Michelle Phillips
Arranged and Adapted by Gene Page
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Wacky Ambulance Capers with Strange Cast!
12 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember hating this on release in '76, but seeing it again made me realize it had some serious things going on. First off, Bill Cosby was actually interesting for a change (although he was great in I SPY - TV and HICKEY AND BOGGS with R. Cup) and was not selling stupidity or jello. Harvey Keitel as the naive good new guy was as compelling as ever, Raquel Welch was THE BABE (she was good in KANSAS CITY BOMBER), and Allen Garfield as owner of the quirky ambulance outfit is always perfectly cast.

A 5 out of 10. Bruce Davison (who started his career as a lead actor) is believably human and there is a rhythm to this flick that defies genre-casting (dramady)? Anyway, not worth buying, but check it out on cable and you'll catch some subliminal surprises of the most normal kind!

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