|Hot Rod Gang|
|Directed by||Lew Landers|
|Produced by||Lou Rusoff|
Charles Buddy Rogers
|Written by||Lou Rusoff|
|Based on||story by Rusoff|
|Music by||Ronald Stein|
|Distributed by||American International Pictures (US)|
Hot Rod Gang is a 1958 film starring John Ashley. The working title was Hot Rod Rock with the film also released under the title Fury Unleashed. American International Pictures released the film as a double feature with High School Hellcats.
John Abernathy III needs to lead a blameless life to inherit his father's estate. But he also engages in hot rod car racing.
- John Ashley as John Abernathy III
- Jody Fair as Lois Cavendish
- Steve Drexel as Mark
- Scott Peters as Jack
- Helen Spring as Abigail Abernathy
- Lester Dorr as Dryden Philpott
- Doodles Weaver as Wesley Cavendish
- Dub Taylor as Al Berrywhiff
- Gloria Grant as Tammy
- Maureen Arthur as Marley
- Dorothy Neumann as Anastasia Abernathy
- Russ Bender as Motorcycle cop
- Claire Du Brey as Agatha
The film was known during production as Hot Rod Rock.
- "Hit and Run Lover", performed by John Ashley
- "Annie Laurie", performed by John Ashley
- "Dance in the Street", performed by Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps
- "Baby Blue", performed by Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps
- "Lovely Loretta", performed by Gene Vincent
- "Dance to the Bop", performed by Gene Vincent
- "Choo Choo Cha Poochie", performed by Maureen Arthur
The Los Angeles Times called it "a film of juvenile violence."
The Monthly Film Bulletin said "the comedy misfires woefully, the performances are overstated to the point of caricature and the general level is decidedly moronic."
Diabolique magazine wrote that "Ashley's limitations are exposed a little in this film – I don’t think he was a great comic actor – but it is entertaining and good-hearted."
- Lamont, John (1990). "The John Ashley Filmography". Trash Compactor (Volume 2 No. 5 ed.). p. 26.
- Sanders, Don and Susan (1997). The American Drive-In Movie Theatre. Motorbooks International. p. 127. ISBN 0-7603-0425-4.
- "Gene Vincent's rock' Hot Rod Gang", The Astounding B Monster Archive accessed 14 December 2012
- "Pat suzuki paged for broadway". Los Angeles Times. Mar 27, 1958. ProQuest 167265849.
- Warren, G. (Aug 22, 1958). "Teen-age problem 'solved'". Los Angeles Times. ProQuest 167353103.
- "FURY UNLEASHED". Monthly Film Bulletin. 26. 1959. p. 18. ProQuest 1305824181.
- Vagg, Stephen (December 2019). "A Hell of a Life: The Nine Lives of John Ashley". Diabolique Magazine.[permanent dead link]
- Hot Rod Gang on IMDb
- Review of film at Variety
- Hot Rod Gang at the TCM Movie Database
- Review of film at Harrison Reports
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