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Hot Rod (1950)

Approved | | Action, Drama | 22 October 1950 (USA)
A young man builds a hot rod despite the disapproval of his father, a Juvenile Court judge. Circumstantial evidence points to the innocent teenager when his car is involved in a hit-and-run accident and he must reconcile with his father.

Director:

Lewis D. Collins

Writer:

Daniel B. Ullman (screenplay) (as Dan Ullman)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jimmy Lydon ... David Langham (as James Lydon)
Art Baker ... Judge Langham
Gil Stratton ... Clarence 'Swifty' Johnson (as Gil Stratton Jr.)
Gloria Winters ... Janie Evans
Myron Healey ... Joe Langham - Policeman
Tommy Bond ... Jack Blodgett
Jean Dean Jean Dean ... Gloria
Bret Hamilton Bret Hamilton ... Paul - Joe's Partner
Marshall Reed ... John C. Roberts
Dennis Moore ... Motorcycle Patrolman
Sailor Vincent ... Holdup Man (as William Vincent)
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Storyline

David Langham, the youngest son of a hot-rod hating father, Judge Langham, buys an old jalopy but, out of respect for his father, doesn't convert it. He changes his mind when Jack Blodgett, the local speed demon, impresses David's girl, Janie Pitts, and David makes his car the fastest in town. Jack steals David's hot rod, and flees the scene of an accident he causes. The car is traced back to David, but the truth comes out in court, although David's father is still unhappy about the car... until David and his friend, Swifty Johnson, use it to apprehend some escaping robbers. The Judge decides to back a movement for building a hot-rod race track for the town. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Speed-Crazy Kids in Hopped-Up Cars!

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Action | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1950 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There is a full screen shot of a newspaper headline shown when David Langham is first arrested for the supposed "hit and run". One of the news columns to the right reports on physicist Wesley M. Coates, who had generated X-rays using mercury atoms. Coates was a real physicist who got his PhD at the University of California-Berkeley and spent his career working with X-ray machines. He died on March 29, 1937, at the age of 29, accidentally electrocuted while working on one of his machines; this means that the production, shot in 1950, used a real newspaper that was at least 13 years old for this prop. See more »

Goofs

David's stolen car does not hit the car at the curb at all, but in the next shot the car has major side-swipe damage to it's left front fender. See more »

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A cult movie for car-guys
12 April 2003 | by donden3See all my reviews

This was required watching in the early 50's when we were building rods & customs. Poor acting, second rate plot, but Oh Those Cars!!! Anyone building a retro-rod today should be able to see this. Too bad we can't get it on tape or DVD


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