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The Hollywood Knights (1980) Poster

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"Tubby's Drive In" was actually an A&W Root beer that was closed down. It was located (then) way out on Van Nuys Blvd. Nothing worked, no bathrooms, plumbing, grills etc. Many people sought to buy the place after the film, and convert it back into a working drive-in for a gathering place for hot rods, but it never happened.
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Duke's yellow '57 Chevy was "Popular Hot Rodding" magazine's famous "Project X" test car. The transmission was damaged during filming (you can see the smoke roll over the top of the car when the engine gets hurt during the race with the Cobra).
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When the filming reached into late September, it became cold enough to require the actors to keep ice in their mouths before speaking their lines to prevent frost from forming when they spoke their lines.
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When the crew of Smitty's Speed Shop is gathered around unveiling the Ford, Duke (Tony Danza) asks, "Is this piss yellow?" The answer given is, "It's Tony Nancy yellow," breaking character and referring to the actor by name.
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Hollywood Knights is the first major film for Tony Danza, Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert Wuhl, all of whom would go on to achieve their own individual stardom.
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The band New Bomb Turks took their name from Robert Wuhl's character.
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The character of Dudley, who is supposed to be an 18 year old senior in high school, was played by Stuart Pankin, who was 33 years old at the time of filming.
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One of the advertising slogans exploited the recent Apollo space program by calling this "the first movie to moon a man on the land."
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Michele Drake plays the cheerleader who forgot her underwear.
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Herb Azoff was a friend of the director's so he named the caterers for the dance "AZOFFS CATERING".
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The dance scenes were filmed at the Rivera CC Pacific Palisades. As with the house used in the opening sequences, considerable damage was done by the extras and movie watchers during the filming.
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Rhonda Black, who sings "Angel Baby" at the sock hop, was a niece of one of the film's producers. She later became a producer herself in the year 2016.
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