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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)
Mickey Rooney Jr. ... Combo Leader


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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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?


This film was originally announced by MGM in July 1955 as another juvenile delinquent drama to follow up on the box-office success of Blackboard Jungle (1955). The studio had purchased the short story "The Red Car" by Alex Gaby prior to its publication (as "Fifty-Two Miles to Terror") in the January 14, 1956, issue of "The Saturday Evening Post". The January 20, 1956, New York Times reported that Richard Thorpe was set to direct the screenplay by Rod Serling, with studio head Dore Schary personally producing the picture. On March 24 the Times reported that the project was "postponed indefinitely" and "casting difficulties were cited as the reason for the decision to halt preparations." See more »


It's Winter in Massachusetts, yet the trees, shrubs and grass outside the hospital after Dana Andrew's accident are lush & green. See more »


Highway Patrol officer: These kids have no place to go and they want to get there at 150 miles an hour.
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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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I,ve always enjoyed this flick
19 December 2003 | by monsterlover58See all my reviews

Hot Rods To Hell is one of those movies me and my buddies rode our Schwinn stingrays to the theatre to see on a saturday afternoon... Of course we all got thrown out before the film was over for getting too loud or dumping popcorn from the balcony! However over the years I,ve seen it several times on television and I have to appreciate the really campy style in which it portrays the "wild youth" of the latter 60,s....If you,re lookin for good acting and plot "forget this movie" But if you want to see a movie for sheer brainless fun...this is it!!! I absolutly love this movie.....

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