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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 ... 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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Storyline

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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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

Both Arch Hall Jr. and Burr Middleton got into trouble with the unions on the set of the film, Hall for moving the car he drove in the film (he was allowed to drive it during actual shooting but was supposed to wait for union workers to move it any other time) and Middleton for loaning his personal car to the production and then taking it back again because he needed it to return home after a day's work. See more »

Goofs

As the Choppers' truck is driving down the highway, a police car - a 1957 Plymouth - pulls up behind them and turns on its siren to have them pull over. However, when the car pulls alongside of the truck and forces it to the side of the road, it has turned into a 1959 Chevy. 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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Connections

Referenced in Wild Guitar (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Konga Joe
Music and Lyrics by Arch Hall Jr.
Sung by Arch Hall Jr.
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Arch Hall, Jr. Debut Is Fun Junk!
20 November 2004 | by shepardjessica-1See all my reviews

Not in the league of THE SADIST or WILD GUITAR, this early Arch Hall, Jr. flick is fun, b/w, and low. Love Moose, junkyard mogul (great caricature of him on the sign as well). Whatever these guys were thinking when they made this type of exploitation film is okay with me. The slang dialogue is flowing and plenty of cheeseburgers to go around.

A 4 out of 10. Best performance = the guy who plays Moose. This is on DVD with WILD GUITAR so check it out, daddy-o! Lame songs which are perfect, chicks just good-looking enough to seem like they'd be around these guys, and nice locale where they filmed it. Arch Hall, Sr. must have been a strange dude, bankrolling his kid's career this way, but what the hey!


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