|THE SPEED LOVERS (director/writer: William McGaha; screenwriters: Fred Tuch/Elaine Wilkerson/story by William McGaha & Fred Tuch; cinematographer: Joe Shelton; editors: Bill Freda/John Fitzstephens/David Moscovitz ; music: Carleton Palmer; cast: Fred Lorenzen (Himself), William McGaha (Scott Clayton), Peggie O'Hara (Vanessa Hamilton), David Marcus (Pinkerton Bentley), Carol Street (Kitty), Fritz Congdon (Ben 'Flip' Clayton), Bob Montgomery (Announcer), Sharon Sellinger (Hillary), Harry Millard (Mickey), Judy Lewis (Mickey's Wife, Lili), Mike Branford (Ticker), Nancy Berg (Scott's girlfriend); Runtime: 82; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: William McGaha; Something Weird Video; 1968)|
|"An amateurish "speedsploitation"
by Dennis Schwartz
The stock car
racing film is almost passable when showing
mediocre racing footage at such sites as at Atlanta,
Riverside, Daytona Beach, Darlington and
Charlotte. Otherwise it's an amateurish
its melodrama is weird, the dialogue stinks,
the acting is wooden and the pic is a bore.
McGaha ("Bad Girls
for the Boys"/"J.C."/"The Shrink") does a bad job
acting and directing. The film is based on a story he
wrote with Fred Tuch.
Race car driver champion Fred Lorenzen appears as himself, and though not an actor still gives the only performance in the film that's decent. The theme song "Speed Lovers" and another tune called "A Girl I Know" are pitifully sung by Billy Lee Riley. The movie is filled with even worse southern-styled rock music.
McGaha plays Scott Clayton, the whiny, braggart,
unlikable son of Ben (Fritz Congdon). Dad's the
popular race car mechanic of Fred Lorenzen, who the
kid idolizes. But no one on that racing team wants him
as part of the operation. So Scott asks Vanessa
Hamilton (Peggie O'Hara), a
manager rival of Fred's racing team, about a racing
job, and she promises him a job if he can convince his
father and Fred to join her team. To give him a
further reason to do so, she introduces him to effete
millionaire mobster Pinkerton Bentley (David
Marcus), who is secretly her boss. Bentley hooks the
kid up with slutty go-go girls and promises of other
goodies if he can come through. At the time of the big
race in Atlanta, the kid is told to either get his pop
and Fred on board or there will be consequences to
should be pointed out that McGaha, one of the worst
actors to grace the big-screen, looks too old to
play the "punk kid," as his dad looks much younger
REVIEWED ON 3/28/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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