|THE FAST AND FURIOUS (directors: Edward Sampson/John Ireland; screenwriters: Jerome Odlum/Jean Howell/from a story by Roger Corman; cinematographer: Floyd Crosby; editor: Edward Sampson; music: Alexander Gerens; cast: John Ireland (Frank Webster), Dorothy Malone (Connie Adair), Bruce Carlisle (Faber), Iris Adrian (Wilma), Bruno VeSoto (Bob Nielson), Henry Rowland (Faraday), Marshall Bradford (Hillman); Runtime: 73; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Roger Corman; AIP; 1954)|
minor crime drama."
by Dennis Schwartz
Once only helmer Edward Sampson and dependable actor John Ireland ("Hannah Lee: An American Primitive") co-direct this uninvolving minor crime drama. It's based on a weak story by Roger Corman and is written by Jerome Odlum and Jean Howell. Corman's story about an outcast in a jam is lifted from his first film called Highway Dragnet (1954). The b/w film was shot for $50,000 in nine days.
accused murderer, small-time trucker Frank Webster
(John Ireland), killed in self-defense a trucker from
a big trucking company trying to run him off the road
in an attempt to put him out of business and after his
arrest escapes from jail, fearful of not getting a
fair trial. Frank stops off at a Southern Californian
roadside diner, where a belligerent trucker (Bruno
he's the escapee and pulls a gun on him when asking
for his ID. But Frank is able to slug him and knock
him unconscious, and kidnaps wealthy good looking
diner patron Connie (Dorothy Malone) and steals her racing
Jaguar sports car. The scrappy Connie was heading to a
racing rally before the gruff Frank forces her to go
with him to the Mexican border. Their relationship
starts off hostile, but soon they become romantic when
she believes his tale of woe and urges him to
Aside from its appealing title used again for Rob Cohen's 2001 Vin Diesel film, which was not a remake, the pic doesn't have too much else to recommend it. Its best one-liner has Ireland tell Malone: "I like quiet women, stay that way."
REVIEWED ON 10/25/2013 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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