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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

Sucker Bait ... in the Underworld's Hottest, Dirtiest Racket! See more »


Certificate:

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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: [referring to Karen Winter] What a hunk of stuff. Built like a hardtop convertible.
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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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Mixed Bag
28 July 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

John Bromfield is an honest young man with a pretty wife and a new baby. He's also a used car salesman, who gets fired for not pushing junk to a customer. That customer turns out to be the owner of a chain of used car lots, looking for someone like Bromfield to sell stolen cars.

HOT CARS, like many a Schenck-Koch production in this period, has an interesting story, people who look good on the screen and fine visuals. Not only is it shot in the "Southwest Noir" style, but there's a fine noir ending on a roller coaster. What it lacks is good performances. The line readings all seem a bit droning, like a bad episode of DRAGNET. It even results in calling attention to the actors. Joi Lansing, in particular, seems to hit her mark and pose before reciting her lines.

Still, the careful visuals and bravura ending add to the story to keep things interesting all the way through.


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