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Old 01-08-2009, 04:04 AM   #1
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Default The '55 Olds in W.W. & The Dixie Dancekings?

Fox Movies ran this tonight, and I hadn't seen it in years, so I watched - can't buy this movie on a legit R1 DVD for whatever reason.

Never seen it? Think Smokey & The Bandit, except set in 1957, and instead of hauling illegal whiskey, Burt Reynolds is robbing gas stations - but only one chain, one he used to work for and has a grudge against - and in trying to evade the police gets wrapped up with a band (featuring, among others, Jerry Reed and Don Williams). Also, instead of being chased by Ralph Kramden, Norton is the lawman (Art Carney rather than Jackie Gleason).

His car is a '55 Olds 88 4-door hardtop that's been customized and is referred to as 1 of 50 known to exist of a special Golden Anniversary model - something that never existed, presumably a tip of the hat to the '53 Fiestas. (Someone in an old thread called it the "Golden Goose" but that was the name of "the first drive through bank in the south" also owned by the oil company, that they try to rob).

I can't seem to find a picture of it online, IMDB doesn't even have all the facts right on the movie and Wikipedia doesn't have a page for it at all. I did do a search on here just now and it's mentioned a few times in some of the movie threads, but that's about it.


Anyhow, I just wondered how far off the car was for '57 as far as being period correct - it has full rolled pans front and back, but with a continental kit, moon discs, wide whites, with horizontal tube grille and curved nerf bar bumpers up front. Front pan and grille surround could be made from a pair of Stude pans like a lot of cars used. Stock fender skirts. Colors are gold top and rear with black nose and sides seperated by the stock trim. The interior is redone to match in black and gold, with the gold as tuck & roll inserts on the black seats. It might be lowered some, too. I'd have to look again, the headlights might have been frenched or painted to match, they might not have. Stock taillights. Oh yeah, and a pre-Dukes "Dixie" horn, of course.

Could have been a couple cars done up that way, too, given the abuse they put the car through for some of the stunt scenes, plus when he finally has to ditch the car they burn it up. Which is too bad, because it's a damned sharp looking car, 4-door or not.

Would be interesting to hear the story behind where it came from, if it was someone's old custom, or made up for the movie, or just what.




Good job in this one with the vehicles, too, I didn't notice any big goofs - even the busses and the police motorcycle look correct for '57. A couple cars are way rustier than they should be, and there's a too-new bumper on the ground in one short scene, but that's about it.
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:14 AM   #2
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Default Re: The '55 Olds in W.W. & The Dixie Dancekings?

I found this on the internet but it is poor quality photo.
http://i2.iofferphoto.com/img/item/5...sPiB6I69MO.jpg
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Old 04-05-2009, 04:45 PM   #3
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great movie, neat car
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Old 04-05-2009, 04:47 PM   #4
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Default Re: The '55 Olds in W.W. & The Dixie Dancekings?

Just thinking about that movie the other day. It showed first about '75, I believe.
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Old 04-05-2009, 05:09 PM   #5
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I haven't seen the movie in years, but I always thought it was a really cool looking car. Seems like there was an magazine story on the Olds in Custom Rodder???? or some car mag. ????, back in the mid-late 70's. Probably still have the magazine somewhere. Kinda remember that the cars (more than one were built), were specifically for the movie. I think that one of the cars had a small rocket motor in the trunk, hidden behind the Continetal kit. It was used for some jumps in the movie. It seems like it was a fairly well known custom car shop that built the cars. Darryll Starbird, pops in my mind, but that may be completely wrong. Would love to get a DVD copy.
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Old 04-05-2009, 06:01 PM   #6
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Default Re: The '55 Olds in W.W. & The Dixie Dancekings?

Been lookin' for a copy of that for years.
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Old 04-05-2009, 06:26 PM   #7
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This was a good movie and had alot of great stars like Jerry Reed, Ned Beatty, Don Williams, Mel Tillis and even Art Carney. It is available on DVD and so is the sound track.
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Old 04-05-2009, 06:42 PM   #8
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Just thinking about that movie the other day. It showed first about '75, I believe.
I believe it was 1975. I recall the movie well as it was the first "real date". We saw a double feature (WW and Young Frankenstein).
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Old 04-05-2009, 07:06 PM   #9
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A guy here in Wichita used to own it, haven't heard if it's still around though.
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Old 04-05-2009, 07:18 PM   #10
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Default Re: The '55 Olds in W.W. & The Dixie Dancekings?

Heres is a link to a blog with this pic and another and a bit of info.

http://sistasmiff.wordpress.com/2009...-daince-kings/

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Old 04-05-2009, 07:27 PM   #11
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i watched the movie not long ago myself as i had not seen it in years , the car is badass and the movie aint bad either the last time i seen the movie was at our local drive in..
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Old 04-05-2009, 08:23 PM   #12
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cool thread i've been wanting to see this movie again for years,you're right can't rent it,buy it or anything.hell it's the only reason i pay the cable bill t.n.t. is 'spose to play it on occasion,did find this though...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nk0Hpk3NIE
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Old 04-05-2009, 09:00 PM   #13
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Another great Burt classic !!!
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Old 04-05-2009, 09:04 PM   #14
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Default Re: The '55 Olds in W.W. & The Dixie Dancekings?

Fox Movie Channel has been running it now and then, usually if it's on once it will be on several times in that week - lots of interesting stuff on IMDB.com about it. Reed's first movie appearance if I remember right.
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:39 PM   #15
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Fortunately, I recorded the movie from TV on VHS probably 20+ years ago. I remember seeing it at the movies as a kid. Quite the "not-from-California" custom, the car is just so "southern correct" as far as customs go, especially being a 4-dr and no noticeable lowering, given general road conditions, especially access to the old homeplace. Probably wouldn't be too far off from something you would have seen even in the '70s being driven by an Elvis look-alike. Really mild, but yet so unlike anything you would expect to see, it almost perfect!
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:40 PM   #16
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Default Re: The '55 Olds in W.W. & The Dixie Dancekings?

Just found this short one page article on the Olds. It's from the October 1982 issue of Classic & Custom magazine.
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Old 04-08-2009, 10:34 PM   #17
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Very cool movie....And I really dig the '55 olds!
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Old 04-21-2009, 03:01 PM   #18
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the last time i saw on of the cars for this movie it was in a field in Main near the canadian border with a tree growing up thru the floor and right out the window and rusty ,i am trying to find the picture of it , was a shame but the old guy that owned the car had hundreds of cars there most in the same condition . i heard he pased away about 10 years ago and all the cars were sold off duno what happend to it then .
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Old 04-21-2009, 04:18 PM   #20
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So Rusty;
what kind of a computer you have anyway?
I did a google search and found about 20 dvds from $5 to $15.
Try again,
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