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Teenage Thunder (1957)

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Eighteen-year-old Johnnie, chafing under his father's authority, seeks to get a job, buy a hot-rod, woo his girl, and stand up to the local bully.


Paul Helmick


Rudy Makoul (screenplay), Paul Helmick (additional dialogue)


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Cast overview:
Chuck Courtney ... Johnnie Simpson
Melinda Byron ... Betty Palmer
Robert Fuller ... Maurie Weston
Tyler McVey Tyler McVey ... Frank Simpson
Paul Bryar ... Bert Morrison
Helene Heigh Helene Heigh ... Aunt Martha Simpson
Gil Perkins ... Sgt. Benson (as Gilbert Perkins)
Bing Russell ... Used-Car Salesman
Gregory Marshall Gregory Marshall ... Jimmy Morrison
Marshall Kent ... Mr. Palmer
Mona McKinnon Mona McKinnon ... Betty's Sister


Eighteen-year-old Johnnie, chafing under his father's authority, seeks to get a job, buy a hot-rod, woo his girl, and stand up to the local bully.

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$46,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Typical teenage drag strip tale....
31 March 2015 | by Johnboy1221See all my reviews

This is one of those post Rebel Without A Cause rip-offs, when not much happens and ends on a happy note. The big draw in this is an early look at Courtney and Fuller, who would go on to much better things, particularly in the case of Fuller, who's very effect here as the egotistical bully. Why they cast Melinda Byron in the lead female role is a mystery, as she is neither pretty nor sexy.....and not a very good actress either. It's fun to see all those old cars and trucks, but other than seeing that, and the two staring actors, there's no real reason to watch it. It's been mentioned that the actors looked much older than high school kids, but I disagree. At my school, some of the guys and gals looked like they were twenty-five or older, and a few even looked like they were pushing thirty. One six foot-two football player (and a freshman, at that) even won the beard growing contest his senior year.

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