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Hot Rod Girl (1956)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | July 1956 (USA)
After his kid brother is killed in a street race, a champion drag-racer quits racing. However, a new kid comes to town determined to force him back into racing so he can take his title--and he's already taken his girlfriend.


John McGreevey (original story and screenplay) (as John McGreevy)

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Complete credited cast:
Lori Nelson ... Lisa Vernon
Chuck Connors ... Det. Ben Merrill
John Smith ... Jeff Northrup
Mark Andrews Mark Andrews ... Bronc Talbott
Roxanne Arlen ... L.P.
Frank Gorshin ... Flat Top
Fred Essler Fred Essler ... Yo-Yo
Eddie Ryder Eddie Ryder ... Two Tanks
Carolyn Kearney ... Judy
Del Erickson Del Erickson ... Steve Northrup
Russell Thorson ... Detective Captain (as Russ Thorson)
Dabbs Greer ... Henry Frye


When his younger brother, Steve, is killed racing a hot-rod, Jeff Northup blames himself for the accident since he had built the car for his brother and had encouraged him to race it, with other boys on a special course provided by police detective Ben Merrill, who is working to reduce the city's hot-rod fatalities by providing supervision for the dangerous hobby. Jeff withdraws from participating in races on Merrill's course and, without his leadership, revert to racing on the streets. "Bronc" Talbott, a newcomers, makes a play for Jeff's girlfriend, Lisa Vernon. Eventually, the taunting-Talbott forces Jeff into a race which results in the death of a bicycling child, and evidence seems to indicate Jeff was at fault. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Chicken Race...Rock 'N Roll...Youth on the loose! See more »


Action | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agria thilyka se trohous thanatou See more »

Filming Locations:

San Fernando, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nacirema Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 1956, American International Pictures released this film on a double bill with Girls in Prison (1956). See more »


Bronc is having a drink and slams it down and puts down an empty glass. Officer Ben starts talking to him and the camera cuts back to Bronc and he has soda in his glass again. See more »


Flat Top: We think and we don't say it, L.P. You say it and don't think.
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Referenced in Watching the Detectives (2007) See more »

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Best damn hot-rod movie ever
10 January 1999 | by elvis-30See all my reviews

Filmed in the San Fernando Valley at the time hot-rods and cruisin' Van Nuys Blvd was really happening!

Shots of the San Fernando Drag Strip are priceless to anyone who was there.

Why isn't this availble on VHS?????

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