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Hot Rod Gang (1958)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music | August 1958 (USA)
Kid who wants to enter his car in the drag races joins a rock band to make enough money to do it.

Director:

Lew Landers

Writer:

Lou Rusoff (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ashley ... John Abernathy III
Jody Fair ... Lois Cavendish
Gene Vincent Gene Vincent ... Gene Vincent
Russ Bender ... Bill
Steve Drexel Steve Drexel ... Mark
Henry McCann Henry McCann ... Dave
Maureen Arthur ... Marley
Gloria Grant Gloria Grant ... Tammy
Dub Taylor ... Al Berrywhiff
Scott Peters Scott Peters ... Jack
Helen Spring Helen Spring ... Abigail Abernathy
Dorothy Neumann ... Anastasia Abernathy (as Dorothy Newman)
Claire Du Brey ... Agatha (as Claire Dubray)
Doodles Weaver ... Wesley Cavendish
Lester Dorr ... Dryden Philpot
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Kid who wants to enter his car in the drag races joins a rock band to make enough money to do it.

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Crazy kids . . . living to a wild rock 'n' roll beat! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Originally released as the "A" picture on a double-bill with B-movie High School Hellcats (1958). See more »

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On-screen epilogue: This story is true - only the facts have been changed...
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Referenced in Drive-in Movie Memories (2001) See more »

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Believe Me
(uncredited)
Performed by John Ashley
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Fast Cars and Music
2 June 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Hot Rod Gang (1958)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Fun teen stuff from AIP has John Ashley playing John Abernathy III, a cool teen who drives a fast car and even manages to get the pretty new girl (Jody Fair) in town. However, trouble happens when his gang of friends are about to be thrown out of the place they hang out so they decide to use their band to make some money and they also get some help from Gene Vincent. If you're looking for a film that will change your life or change your views on certain topics then HOT ROD GANG certainly isn't for you. If you're just wanting some cheap fun from the 1950s drive-in craze then this film offers up a pretty good time. I thought the story was actually one good enough to where you could get wrapped up in what was going on. Yes, it's pretty far-fetched and you could argue that it was silly but in a teenage guys life is there anything more important than a girl, a car and a place to hang out? I thought director Lew Landers (THE RAVEN) did a very good job at keeping the film running at a nice pace and he also added in some nice touches with the supporting characters. I really liked how eccentric, weird and rather silly all of the adults were. This is something that happened in most of these films but here it's done in a way that was pretty funny to watch and especially the two aunts. The performances really weren't all that bad with Ashley once again playing the type he's best remembered for and he even gets to sing a couple songs. Fair made for a good love interest even though she wasn't all that energetic. Future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gene Vincent gets to do a few tunes including his final hit Dance to the Bop. Again, HOT ROD GANG isn't going to change your life but it's fast and fun entertainment.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hot Rod Rock See more »

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Production Co:

Indio Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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