You don’t need a good right arm to drive the Mobile Dark Vault, especially when you bring your designated driver rat along. So come along as UNCLE PETE hits the blacktop again this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN with one of our favorite rubber burning, speed limit ignoring features – Hot Rod Girl! Drag racing in the streets has gotten out of control, so Detective Ben Merrill (Chuck Connors) and one of the town’s top drivers and mechanics, Jeff Northrup (John Smith) set up a drag strip for the hot rodders to do some racing in a little safer setting (at least when they wreck, it won’t be on somebody’s front lawn). Everything is real George and the top dragger just happens to be Lisa Vernon (Lori Nelson) – Jeff’s girl – in her T-Bird! But when Jeff’s younger brother gets into a street race and killed to boot (on somebody’s front lawn), Jeff quits the scene for good. A JD by the name of Bronc shows up in his high-powered mill and starts bugging Lisa. Jeff gets sucked into a street race, a kid on a bike gets croaked and the evidence points to Jeff. It’s up to Lisa, Detective Ben, and the gang to help Jeff straighten out this mess and give Bronc a straightening out.
Directed by Leslie Martinson (Green Hornet, Dusty’s Trail, CHiPs), the flic also features Frank Gorshen as Flat Top, Eddie Ryder as Two Tanks, and Dabbs Greer as service station owner Henry Frye. The swinging soundtrack was composed and conducted by Alexander Courage (who later did the music for Star Trek). One of the few hot rod movies you’ll find with an oboe player listed in the credits (Gordon Schoneberg), from 1956, it’s Hot Rod Girl. (Check out some of the famous band members in the credits including a new trumpet player by the name of Maynard Ferguson.)
UNCLE PETE and Max and Stone Dog have decided to do some cruising in Mobile Vault One on a road trip up to Lake Dark Vault. While UNCLE PETE runs into (and over) a plethora of interesting characters on the way, he also finds time to bring you some music (Jody Miller singing Things), a spot about the brand new 1956 Ford Thunderbird, a James Dean safe driving public service announcement, and a Chevrolet sponsored short about preparing for a trip entitled How To Go Places starring Gail Storm.
It’s Hot Roddin, Road Trippin’ Summertime fun this week with Hot Rod Girl, Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4 in Binghamton (channel 17 – Montrose/Sayre, channel 99 – Elmira/Corning/Hornell) with replays at midnight and 2AM. Plus, it’s our new remastered version with enhanced sound and picture! And our second movie with Chuck Connors in it. So join UNCLE PETE (and bring your oboe) for the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!