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Hot Rod Rumble (1957)

Arny joins a hot rod club, but his eccentric mannerisms (a Marlon Brando rip-off performance from "The Wild One" by look-alike Hartunian) make him unpopular. At a party, Terry rebukes him ... See full summary »

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Meyer Dolinsky
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Complete credited cast:
Leigh Snowden ... Terri Warren
Richard Hartunian Richard Hartunian ... Arnie Crawford
Wright King ... Ray Johnson - Arnie's sidekick
Joey Forman ... Benny, Club President
Brett Halsey ... Jim Lawrence
Larry Dolgin Larry Dolgin ... Hank Adams
John Brinkley John Brinkley ... Bill
Chuck Webster Chuck Webster ... Race official
Dorothy Adams ... Ma Crawford
Than Wyenn Than Wyenn ... Arnie's Boss
Ned Glass ... Auto Parts Dealer
Phil Adams Phil Adams ... Club member
Joseph Mell ... Pops
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Arny joins a hot rod club, but his eccentric mannerisms (a Marlon Brando rip-off performance from "The Wild One" by look-alike Hartunian) make him unpopular. At a party, Terry rebukes him for his coarseness and centers her attention on another boy. A fight between the two men is stopped by Jim Lawrence, but Ray Johnson, pretending friendship with Arny, keeps the antagonism going and tries to win Terry for himself. Driving home, Hank and Terry are harassed by a hot rod which they think is driver by Arny. Swerving to avoid a collision, they are thrown from the car, and Hank is killed and Terry badly injured and unconscious. Ray, the actual driver of the hot rod, carries Terry to his car, but frightened by approaching vehicles, he returns her to the wreckage and flees. All, including Terry, blame Arny for the wreck, but there is no proof. Vindictive club members destroy Arny's car and beat him mercilessly. He rebuild his car for the big race. Terry goes to the race with Ray and, in his ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The slick chicks who fire up the big wheels!


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The producers claimed that 90 per cent of the cast were under 23 years of age. See more »

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Original soundtrack was available on Liberty Records Inc.
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With a Best Friend Like That--Who Needs Enemies?
5 December 2016 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

This movie begins with a young man named "Arnie Crawford" (Richard Hartunian) entering a local diner in search of his former girlfriend "Terri Warren" (Leigh Snowden). As it so happens, Arnie is a member of a hot rod club known as the "Red Devils" and several of his fellow club members frequent this particular establishment as well. However, he is not well liked by many of them because of his hot temper and this is the primary reason that Terri has decided to temporarily end their relationship. To that end, Terri is now dating another young man named "Hank Adams" (Larry Dolgin) and this has made Arnie extremely jealous. If that wasn't bad enough, Arnie's best friend, "Ray Johnson" (Wright King) is also in love with Terri but doesn't dare let Arnie know of it because he is scared of how he might react. Be that as it may, Arnie becomes outraged when he sees Terri and Hank dancing together and after a brief scuffle the owner throws Arnie out of the diner. Not long afterward, when Hank takes Terri home a high-speed chase from another vehicle results in the death of Hank and an injury to Terri. Naturally, everybody immediately blames Arnie even though he professes his innocence and there is no evidence tying him to the hit-and-run. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was a pretty good "Hot Rod Movie" which managed to contain a good mix of drama and suspense from start to finish. On the minus side of the equation, the film was not only quite dated but the copy I saw also suffered from lighting issues as well. But all in all I enjoyed this movie and I have rated it accordingly. Slightly above average.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

9 June 1957 (USA) See more »

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Road Devils See more »

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Nacirema Productions See more »
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