It’s Syracuse Nationals Weekend!  UNCLE PETE and The Dark Vault Hot Rod are on the road, rat rods abound and Syracuse is involved – on AND off the screen this week!!!  Tune in Saturday night as the Mobile Dark Vault hits the road and UNCLE PETE and his designated driver rat Max present Hot Rod Girl  on THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!  Street racing is runnin’ wild, so Detective Ben Merrill (Chuck Connors), some of the cooler local rodders and mechanic Jeff Northrup (John Smith) set up a drag strip for hot rodders to hot rod at in their hot rods (at least when they wreck, it won’t be on somebody’s front lawn).  Lisa Vernon (Lori Nelson) – Jeff’s girl – is tearin’ up the pavement at the strip in her T-Bird, but Jeff’s younger brother splatters on the pavement in a street race (on somebody’s front lawn), so Jeff quits the scene for good.  An out-of-town tough 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 too.

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 went to the same school as UNCLE PETE and later did the Star Trek  music).  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 are 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 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 starring Gail Storm entitled How To Go Places .

AND – it’s THE DARK VAULT debut week in SYRACUSE, NY (AND all of Onondaga County)!!!  Tune in on channel 98, Saturday night from 11pm – 1am with a replay Thursday night from 10pm – midnight,  For everyone else, tune in to Hot Rod Girl, also this Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10PM to midnight on channel 1301 in Binghamton, southern NY, northern PA and Elmira/Corning/Hornell, channel 99 in Utica/Rome, channel 30 in the North Country of upstate New York), channel 2 for Champlain, Saranac and Tupper Lakes, and Cortland County with replays at midnight. And it’s channel 13 in Ithaca at 0PM and Midnight. So join UNCLE PETE (and bring your oboe) for the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

(And on Beta Max TV this week for all you Roku TV and Roku device users, it’s THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS/FUGUTIVE FROM THE PLAINS double feature week!  http://www.betamaxtv.com)


~ by UNCLE PETE on July 21, 2019.

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