Thunder in Carolina (Jul-1960)|
Director: Paul Helmick
Writer: Alexander Richards
Keywords: Action/Adventure, Auto Racing
||Auto thief turned actor
|Alan Hale, Jr.
||The Skipper on Gilligan's Island
||Carol Post on Mister Ed
Review by anonymous (posted on 25-May-2006)
I first saw this movie when I
was a child, at about the age of 9. It was usually on as a double
feature, followed by Thunder Road. I originally saw it at a "downtown"
theatre, then later several times at the "drive-in". Mitch Cooper (Rory
Calhoun) gets injured in a short track wreck, and goes to look up an
old friend. The friend has died, but his auto repair business has been
taken over by Les York (John Gentry). York offers to help fix up
Cooper's wrecked race car and be his partner, plus sub as driver, all
against his wife Rene's (played by Connie Hines, later of Mr. Ed fame)
wishes. Mitch tries to put the move on Rene', but she will have nothing
of it. After lots of action on and off the track, Mitch and Les split
up. Mitch is forced to drive his own car, and Les is hired by Mr.
Reichert, a wealthy car owner. Mitch teams up with his old racing pal,
Buddy, (played by Alan Hale, Jr., later The Skipper on Gilligan's
Island), who volunteers to be his crew chief. It all comes down to a
battle at the end between Cooper and York, when they go head to head to
win the Southern 500. This movie helped get me hooked as a NASCAR fan
at an early age. There is some great footage of early Darlington action
featuring some of the legends of the sport, and featuring cars that
really looked "stock". The acting is questionable, but a must see for
real NASCAR fans.
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