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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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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

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 »

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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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Wild Guitar (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Up the Creek
Music and Lyrics by Arch Hall Jr.
Sung by Arch Hall Jr.
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"Monkeys in my hat band?" What's up with that?
31 December 2000 | by fartnikSee all my reviews

A delicious little JD film about kids who strip cars for parts. Yes, our youth has gone wild! But what's up with that song Arch Hall Jr. sings? "Monkeys in my hat band. I can do a hand stand" Poetic genius.

Would you believe that a life of stealing parts off cars can lead to a violent death? Lives are thrown by the way side in a climatic shoot out in the junk yard. And who's to blame? The parents.


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