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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.

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Cast

Cast overview:
... Jack 'Cruiser' Bryan
... Torch Lester (as Robert Padget)
Burr Middleton ... Snooper (as Mickey Hoyle)
... Flip Johnson (as Roye Baker)
Chuck Barnes ... Ben Shore
... Tom Hart
Marianne Gaba ... Liz
William Shaw ... Police Lt. Frank Fleming (as Bill Shaw)
... Moose McGill
Britt Wood ... Cowboy Boggs
... Gypsy
Richard Cowl ... Torch's Father (as Richard S. Cowl)
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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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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30 November 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rebeldes del volante  »

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(Ryder Sound Service)

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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

When the gang is terrorizing Norman and his girlfriend in their car at the drive-in, Snooper remarks that Moon hubcaps - a lightweight hubcap that covers the entire face of the rim - dent easily, and a close-up shows someone's foot kicking several dents in a Moon cap. However, when Norman's car finally backs up a few seconds later and leaves the drive-in, there are no Moon hubcaps on it, only small round caps that cover just the hub of the wheel. 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 Wild Guitar (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Monkey in My Hatband
Music and Lyrics by Arch Hall Jr.
Sung by Arch Hall Jr.
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Monkeys in my hatband
3 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

For a movie that rhymes "Monkeys in my Hatband" with "I can do a handstand" for the lead character's big song, this movie was pretty good.

It's a movie with a moral that if parents don't look out for their kids they will start stealing car parts and shoot a bunch of cops. Does anybody know what he meant by "Monkeys in my hatband"?

I don't get it. Perhaps watching this movie on the roof of a supermarket in center city Philadelphia made it a bit more entertaining.

I hope that Arch Hall Jr. is one day recognized as the genius he is.


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