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T-Bird Gang (1959)

A high school boy, out to find his father's killer, joins up with a gang of juvenile delinquents.

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John Brinkley ...
Frank Simmons, alias Frank Minor
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Alex Hendricks (as Edwin Nelson)
Tony Miller ...
Raymond Gunderson
Pat George ...
Marla Stanosky, alias Marla Stanley
Coleman Francis ...
Capt. R. M. Prell
Nola Thorp ...
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Beach Dickerson ...
Barney Adams (as Beech Dickerson)
Trent Dollar
Gene Walker
Steve Harris
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Cop #1 at gas station (as Vic Tabback)
Robert Wendell
Glenn Campbell
Henry Randolph
Earl Miles
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A high school boy, out to find his father's killer, joins up with a gang of juvenile delinquents.

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The one year out of high school crowd--fast cars, girls . . . no place to go!

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16 October 1959 (USA)  »

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Jack Nicholson and John Herman Shaner appeared in publicity stills for the film. They did not appear in the film but posed in the pictures as a favor to producer Roger Corman. See more »

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While IMDb doesn't indicate this, the film is a remake of a 1930s film.
28 June 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

It is an interesting coincidence that I watched "What Price Crime?" about a week before watching "T-Bird Gang" because this second movie turns out to be a remake of the earlier film. "What Price Crime?" is a dandy low-budget film and in the case of "T-Bird Gang", it's an even lower budgeted film. And, while this remake isn't bad, the original is better for several reasons.

"T-Bird Gang" begins with the beating death of a night watchman. The son of the watchman finds him just before he dies and all he can say is that the killers were in a white Ford Thunderbird (also nicknamed a 'T-Bird'). So, this young man decides to try to locate the gang and exact his revenge. However, a level-headed cop discovers the guy's plan and gets him to agree to work with them to bring the gang to justice. However, this gang isn't the trusting sort and it takes him some time to gain their confidence—and the viewer isn't sure if the gang will be stopped before this infiltrator is discovered and liquidated.

Apart from a few small changes, the two plots in the two films are nearly identical. However, "What Price Crime?" is a better film because it is more subtle and at least has a soundtrack that seemed professional. "T-Bird Gang", on the other hand, has one of the crappiest soundtracks—often consisting of someone banging on bongos or a small combo playing free-form jazz. 95% of the folks watching this will probably hate the music—I know I did. However, if you can ignore this and just take the film for what it is (a cheap B-movie), then it's not bad and is a decent time-passer. Not great but enjoyable because the basic plot is still decent.


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