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The Choppers (1961)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 30 November 1961 (USA)
A gang of teenage delinquents terrorize a small community by stealing cars and stripping them for parts, then selling the parts to a crooked junkyard owner. The police and an insurance company investigator set out to break up the gang.

Director:

Leigh Jason

Writer:

Arch Hall Sr. (as Arch Hall)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Arch Hall Jr. ... Jack 'Cruiser' Bryan
Robert Paget Robert Paget ... Torch Lester (as Robert Padget)
Burr Middleton Burr Middleton ... Snooper (as Mickey Hoyle)
Rex Holman ... Flip Johnson (as Roye Baker)
Chuck Barnes Chuck Barnes ... Ben Shore
Tom Brown ... Tom Hart
Marianne Gaba Marianne Gaba ... Liz
William Shaw William Shaw ... Police Lt. Frank Fleming (as Bill Shaw)
Bruno VeSota ... Moose McGill
Britt Wood Britt Wood ... Cowboy Boggs
Dee Gee Green ... Gypsy
Richard Cowl Richard Cowl ... Torch's Father (as Richard S. Cowl)
Patrick Hawley Patrick Hawley ... Officer Jenks (as Pat Hawley)
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A gang of teenage delinquents terrorize a small community by stealing cars and stripping them for parts, then selling the parts to a crooked junkyard owner. The police and an insurance company investigator set out to break up the gang.

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Taglines:

Fuel Injected Action!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rebeldes del volante See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rushmore Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Service)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Arch Hall Jr. songs "Konga Joe" and "Monkey in My Hatband" were recorded before the film was made, with top L.A.-area session musicians, and released on the Signature label through a deal made with TV personality Steve Allen. See more »

Goofs

The Choppers hook up a tow line to a car they find abandoned on the side of the road, a light-colored 1959 Buick two-door convertible, and tow it to a side road in order to strip it. However, when they come to the end of the road and unhook the car, it has turned into a dark-colored late-1940s four-door sedan. The same Buick again turns up near the end of the picture as the last car they try to strip. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Lester: [drunkenly, into microphone] I wanna tell the whole world something. Those cops, they ain't gonna take my boy Torch. There ain't enough cops in the whole world to take my boy Torch. You hear me? They ain't gonna take my boy Torch!
Jim Bradford: [taking away microphone] Ladies and gentlemen, when you pick up your morning newspaper and read about some youngster getting into trouble and wonder why... I think you've heard one good answer.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Wild Guitar (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Monkey in My Hatband
Composed by Arch Hall Jr.
Sung by Arch Hall Jr. (uncredited)
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Auto Parts for Sale
14 September 2015 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

This movie essentially begins with five young men who turn to a life of crime by stripping cars which they find along the road and selling the parts to an auto salvage yard. Although they are quite good at what they do the problem is that they soon become a public menace and rather than laying low for a month or two they continue on at the same rate even though the police are getting closer to discovering who they are with each passing job. Now rather than reveal any more of this movie and risk spoiling it for those who haven't seen it I will just say that this film was quite typical for its time and probably won't appeal to everyone. In that regard I suppose it's an acquired taste. The acting was adequate for the most part with the most annoying detail being the slang dialogue which just never seemed to stop. Even so, the plot was still interesting and the presence of Marianne Gaba (as "Liz") certainly didn't hurt this film in any way either. Again, some people may not like this movie for various reasons but I didn't think it was too bad and as a result I have rated it as about average.


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