Speed crazy thrills as wild youth tear up the streets! Crazy kids living to a rock and roll beat! Sounds like just another day in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN. But it’s more this week! Join UNCLE PETE as he and some of the gang take a road trip and bring you the rubber burnin’, engine revvin’ feature – Hot Rod Girl! To try to curd the rash of illegal drag racing going on in the streets, 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 goaded into a street race and killed to boot (on somebody’s front lawn), Jeff quits the scene for good.
Then a JD by the name of Bronc shows up in his high powered mill causing trouble at the local hang out. When Bronc 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 set Bronc straight.
Directed by Leslie Martinson (Green Hornet, Dusty’s Trail, ChiPs, among others), 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 well-known musician 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.)
And it’s UNCLE PETE and Max and Stone Dog 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’ fun this week with Hot Rod Girl, Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 10PM to midnight on channel 4. Plus, it’s our new remastered version with enhanced sound and picture! So join UNCLE PETE (and bring your oboe) for the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!