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Hot Rod Girl


When his younger brother, Steve (Del Erickson), is killed racing a hot-rod, Jeff Northup (John Smith) blames himself for the accident since he had built the car for his brother and had encouraged him to race it, with other boys on a special course provided by police detective Ben Merrill (Chuck Connors), who is working to reduce the city's hot-rod fatalities by providing supervision for the dangerous hobby. Jeff withdraws from participating in races on Merrill's course and, without his leadership, revert to racing on the streets. "Bronc" Talbott (Mark Andrews), a newcomers, makes a play for Jeff's girlfriend, Lisa Vernon (Lori Nelson). Eventually, the taunting-Talbott forces Jeff into a race which results in the death of a bicycling child, and evidence seems to indicate Jeff was at fault.

Hot Rod Girl is a 1956 action film directed by Leslie H. Martinson and released by American International Pictures as a double feature with Girls in Prison. It stars Lori Nelson and Chuck Connors.
Lisa (Lori Nelson) is worried about her fiancé Jeff (John Smith (actor)) after the death of his brother street racing.
Flattop (Frank Gorshin) and the other Hot rodders, who hang out at Yo-Yo’s (Fred Essler) burger joint, only went to the police sponsored Dragstrip, because of Jeff urging them; but, now he doesn’t want anything to do with it.
It’s only a matter of time, before police Detective Ben Merrill (Chuck Connors) has another accident, to clean up, when Bronc Talbot (Mark Andrews (actor)) rolls into town, and goads them into playing Chicken (game).
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  • Lori Nelson as Lisa Vernon
  • Chuck Connors as Det. Ben Merrill
  • John Smith (actor) as Jeff Northrup
  • Mark Andrews (actor) as Bronc Talbott
  • Roxanne Arlen as L.P.
  • Frank Gorshin as Flattop
  • Fred Essler as Yo-Yo, Restaurateur
  • Carolyn Kearney as Judy
  • Eddie Ryder as Two Tanks


Original music by Alexander Courage includes Hot Rod Rock with Bud Shank on saxophone.

Category:1956 films
Category:Films directed by Leslie H. Martinson
Category:American International Pictures films
Norman T. Herman

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