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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 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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30 November 1961 (USA)  »

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Rebeldes del volante  »

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(Ryder Sound Service)

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1.37 : 1
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This film was made in 1959 but not released until 1961 because producer Arch Hall Sr. was unable to get a distribution deal good enough to enable him to recoup his production costs. Once he made his second film, Eegah (1962), he was able to combine the two and offer them to distributors as a double feature, thereby getting a good enough deal to cover the costs of both films. See more »

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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 »

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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 »

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Konga Joe
Music and Lyrics by Arch Hall Jr.
Sung by Arch Hall Jr.
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One of Fairway's better efforts . . .
8 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

. . . which isn't saying much, as besides this and the excellent "The Sadist," Fairway's output was nothing but Grade-Z trash. There are several factors, however, that raise this a notch or two above the usual Fairway garbage. One is that director Leigh Jason makes this film look better and more professional than it deserves. Jason, a Hollywood veteran who had been directing since the 1930s, had obviously fallen on hard times if he was reduced to working for Fairway, but he still knew how to put a film together, something that Fairway never seemed to quite get the hang of. Another factor in the film's favor is leading lady Marianne Gaba. While she's no great shakes as an actress, she is nonetheless competent, and also drop-dead gorgeous (as one would expect a former Playboy Playmate to be) and a welcome relief from the embarrassing attempts at acting from most of the rest of the cast (one odd thing, though, is her "romance" with Tom Brown, who plays her boss. Brown, who had been an actor since the 1920s, has to be at least 25 years older than Gaba, and that kind of age difference was seldom, if ever, seen in Hollywood films until relatively recently). Veteran heavy Bruno VeSota is his usual enjoyable if somewhat hammy self as the crooked owner of a junkyard. Whatever pluses the film has, however, are more than outweighed by the laughable, self-consciously "hip" dialog by writer/producer Arch Hall Sr.--some of the "slang" he writes for the teenagers is out of the 1940s, not the 1960s--and the almost non-existent production values. Most of the film is shot outdoors and the few interior sets are threadbare in the extreme. The "rock n' roll" score is, as has been previously mentioned, perversely enjoyable in its awfulness. A few neat old cars--especially an absolutely gorgeous '59 Cadillac convertible that is seen in the very beginning of the film and never shown again and a very nice early '50s Kaiser that is, unfortunately, stripped to the bones and trashed--and the beautiful Gaba make this a film that you might want to see once, but that's about it.


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