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Hot Rods to Hell (1967)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 27 January 1967 (USA)
While on a business trip just before Christmas, Tom Phillips gets into a car accident, which was caused by the reckless driving of the other car involved. Although Tom suffered no paralysis... See full summary »


John Brahm


Robert E. Kent (screenplay), Alex Gaby (short story)

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Complete credited cast:
Dana Andrews ... Tom Phillips
Jeanne Crain ... Peg Phillips
Mimsy Farmer ... Gloria
Laurie Mock ... Tina Phillips
Paul Bertoya Paul Bertoya ... Duke
Gene Kirkwood Gene Kirkwood ... Ernie
Jeffrey Byron ... Jamie Phillips (as Tim Stafford)
George Ives George Ives ... Lank Dailey
Hortense Petra Hortense Petra ... Wife at Picnic
William Mims William Mims ... Man at Picnic
Paul Genge ... Policeman
Peter Oliphant Peter Oliphant ... Little Boy
Harry Hickox ... Bill Phillips
Charles Thompson Charles Thompson ... Charley (as Charles P. Thompson)
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While on a business trip just before Christmas, Tom Phillips gets into a car accident, which was caused by the reckless driving of the other car involved. Although Tom suffered no paralysis from his back injury, he did come out of the accident with a chronic back problem which results in him not being able to continue with his current work, and a mental block having anything to do with the accident, including Christmas music, driving in general and the sounds of screeching tires and breaking glass. The Phillips - Tom, his wife Peg, and their two children, teenager Tina and pre-teen Jamie - end up moving from their Boston home and buying a motel in Mayville in the California desert. Tom would be physically able to do the work required running a motel, and the dry heat is good for his back. But as they approach Mayville, they encounter a bunch of reckless hot rodders named Duke, Ernie and Gloria. Since Tom scolds them about their reckless behavior, they decide to make the Phillips' ... Written by Huggo

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The motorcycle gangs take a back seat when these young animals clear the road for excitement ! See more »


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Release Date:

27 January 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

52 Miles to Terror See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Four-Leaf Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final film of veteran director John Brahm. See more »


When Tom knocks on the motel door and the shot switches to show Gloria and Ernie in the room the number 18 is visible on the door, but when the shot switches out to show Tom talking to Ernie, the number is not there. See more »


Jamie Phillips: They're gonna' keep chickening us, that's what they're gonna' do! They wanna' crack us up!
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Alternate Versions

Film was first released to theaters at 92 minutes. When the film was later aired on ABC network television, eight minutes of footage was added to the running time. The 100 minute TV version is now shown regularly on the TCM channel. See more »


Spoofed in Freakazoid!: Hot Rods from Heck/A Time for Evil (1995) See more »


(No actual song titles given in the credits)
Written by Fred Karger and Sid Wayne and Ben Weisman
Performed by Mickey Rooney Jr and his Combo
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Hot Rods to Heck ???
22 December 2013 | by ducatimatz28See all my reviews

This film was released the year I graduated from High School. Shot in 1966 it debuted in theaters in January 1967. Maybe if I had been still 12 or 13yrs I would have thought this movie was cool but by the time your 17 or 18yrs you know it was pretty cornball.

One of my favorite Scenes is where the Highway Patrolman is saying "Putting these cars in the hands of these teenagers is like giving them sticks of Dynamite(or something close to that) I remember laughing at that the 1st time I saw the movie.

Hot Rods to Hell is one of those Films you make fun of but when you see it coming up at the end of the week on a Cable TV Channel; you make sure you watch it again one more time.I'm sure Dana Andrew's isn't going to put it among "The Best Years of our Lives" and "State Fair" as one of his favorite Roles...s.m.

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