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Hot Cars (1956)

A salt-of-earth family man needs money for his sick son, and decides to keep a job at a used car lot despite realizing it is selling stolen cars.

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Don McDougall

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Don Martin (screenplay), Richard H. Landau (screenplay) (as Richard Landau) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Bromfield ... Nick Dunn
Joi Lansing ... Karen Winter
Mark Dana Mark Dana ... Smiley Ward
Carol Shannon Carol Shannon ... Jane Dunn
Ralph Clanton Ralph Clanton ... Arthur Markel
Robert Osterloh ... George Hayman
Dabbs Greer ... Det. Davenport
Charles Keane Charles Keane ... Lt. Jefferson
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Storyline

Nick Dunn doesn't want to be mixed up in a stolen car ring operating out of a chain of car dealerships in Culver City, CA, but Nick Dunn's son needs an operation, and an operation costs money. When detective Davenport comes snooping around about some hot cars, and later turns up dead, Nick's fortunes take a turn for the worse. Written by Barry Shein

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Sleek ... soft ... expensive ... every move she made cost a man his life! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1956 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The car being taken for a test drive at the beginning of the film is a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL convertible. MSRP was around $4,000 ($36,700 in 2017). In excellent condition, at auction in 2017 these cars can fetch well over $100,000. See more »

Quotes

Nick Dunn: I told you I'm married.
Karen Winter: I have a terrible memory.
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Crazy Credits

The following acknowledgment appears on screen at the end of the film: "The producers of 'Hot Cars' wish to thank Big John's used car lot and Johnny O'Toole's used car lot in Culver City, California, for their help in making this picture possible". See more »

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Referenced in Young, Hot 'n Nasty Teenage Cruisers (1977) See more »

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Excellent late film-noir
18 December 2008 | by chank46See all my reviews

I seem to have a soft spot in my heart or head for B movies of the 30's thru the 50's. I like their fast pacing, attention to the story line, the actors who for the most part are virtually unknown. Hot Cars, if it is known at all today lives on because of the lobby cards featuring the beautiful, and, talented Joi Lansing. This is a really good movie though with great performances by John Bromfield and Joi Lansing. Of course wherever Joi is there is delightful eye candy but make no mistake about it, Joi was a very good actress. This movie gives her a bigger role than just walking across the back drop. It's a real shame she didn't get better roles. John Bromfield is an ideal actor for the role of Nick Dunn who is caught in the middle of the hot car scam. The supporting cast works along with these two stars to form a cohesive ensemble. Something you don't always get in the "Bigger" movies. OK, it's not a lavish movie with a big budget and razzle dazzle special effects. Just a gripping story told in a late film-noirish manner. The actors make you care about what is happening on screen in a most convincing manner. This is a real gem! See it if you can. It needs to be released on DVD.


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