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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Ryan, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
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    from Austin, TX
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  2. froghawk
    Joined: May 9, 2008
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    Yep, that flick is almost brutally stupid. Love the repeated cuts back to the precariously loose wheelcover on the Imperial during the race scene!

    For more cinematic masochism sit through the only slightly less ridiculous "T-bird Gang" from 1959 to see scenes featuring Junior Conway's custom shoebox Ford Club Coupe!

    These movies do have some value, making the highly-overrated "Thunder Road" look like "Citizen Kane"!
  3. Six-Shooter
    Joined: Jul 12, 2010
    Posts: 341

    from Ohio

  4. texdesoto
    Joined: Sep 20, 2006
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    Loved the tire launching into the air after the custom rolls over, WTF.

  5. Bruce Lancaster
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    Bruce Lancaster
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    Some shots of the 2 Chevies in Barris's shop were shown in R&C, I think several years after the movie was made...maybe '62 or so. The article was a general one on cars in the movies, I believe. One finished car, one quick and dirty car for the wreck.
    Arin Cee also had a strip on Hollywood hotrod movies...a bunch of roadster owning hotrodders show up to help in a movie, and are summarily dismissed by the director..."Get me some '49 Fords and throw some paint on them!!"...Scenes of junkers with foxtails tumbling end over end, hubcaps and bodies flying in all directions...
  6. From Rikster's site:





  7. Norm was in more scenes than Six-shooter notes..also Michael Landon was in it too
  8. lucky
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    If I recall correctly, they did indeed drop it from a crane
  9. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
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    Cranes were probably cheaper than good stunt drivers....
  10. A mercy killing.............
  11. rottenleonard
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    Haha that was almost as almost as awsome as the charger in fast and furious doing the tire smoking wheel stand.
  12. octane
    Joined: May 8, 2006
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    from Virginia

    That was an uneventful end to the ominously loose hubcap.
  13. metal man
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    metal man

    If you pause and watch frame by frame, you can see the catapult on the ground, set up so dropping the car shoots a wheel/tire into the air. Hilarious.
  14. bigbob55
    Joined: Mar 19, 2010
    Posts: 807

    from Pittsburgh

    HEY....wait a minute....they did the best they could with what they had to work with "special effects" wise back don't knock em for tryin....and I especially like those "tight sweater" scenes with boobs that look like 56 Cadillac front bumpers
  15. Jungle Jalopy
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    Jungle Jalopy

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  16. Ryan
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    from Austin, TX
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    That's awesome.

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  17. Ryan
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    from Austin, TX
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    As for the cars, I always liked the profile of them. I think the chop and even the filled quarters are cool in a sort of "teenage" kind of way. I just have never been able to get past the quicky grill treatments.
  18. Ahh, movie magic
  19. I got a chuckle out of the 'drop from the sky'.... sometimes the worse the movie, the more entertaining.
  20. ynottayblock
    Joined: Dec 23, 2005
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    that's traditional special effects right there
  21. Bruce Lancaster
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    Bruce Lancaster
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    What special effects? That's perfectly normal cornering style for a '48 Chevy going around at more than 15MPH....the tire, though, does challenge a few laws of physics.
  22. crashbox
    Joined: Dec 21, 2006
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    If you run the crash backwards it makes it look like the car is going to custom heaven...
  23. treb11
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  24. 327Eric
    Joined: May 9, 2008
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    from Diablo Ca.

    The article I read stated that because the cars were lowered, the stunt driver could not get the car to roll. after repeated attempts the crane was hired. I don't know if I am remembering it correctly, because I also thought Bailon built the cars.
  25. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
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    Where the hell are the explosion and fire?
  26. Come on - what an ALL STAR cast. the truly impressive Mamie Van Doren, Jackie Coogan. John Drew Barrymore (Drew Barrymore's daddy), Ray Anthony (then married to Mamie Van Doren), Charles Chaplin Jr., Michael Landon, and Jerry Lee Lewis as "himself." This updated Reefer Madness is not to be missed!
    What's not to love?
  27. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
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    Swell stuff, just swell I tell ya. Great American movie cheese.
  28. Eric H
    Joined: Apr 2, 2006
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    Eric H

    That was a fun movie. H, guns, rods and customs, playin it cool. What's not to love? Full of crazy stuff for a 1958 teen film.
  29. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    Not to mention Norm G. and a Barris Custom!
    I'm with you Don. Like most of the '50's Teenage exploitation/Hot Rod/R&R/Sci-Fi movies, I dig it for the "period content", not the broth thick plot.
  30. S.F.
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,894


    Why did all 50's movies use British 4 cylinder sound affects for any and all car racing scenes?

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