Dragstrip Girl

Dragstrip Girl is a 1957 film starring John Ashley in his first lead role.[3] American International Pictures released the film as a double feature with Rock All Night and it proved an early success for the studio.[4]

Dragstrip Girl
Directed byEdward L. Cahn
Produced byAlex Gordon
Samuel Z. Arkoff
Written byLou Rusoff
Based onstory by Rusoff
StarringJohn Ashley
Fay Spain
Music byRonald Stein
Golden State Productions
Distributed byAmerican International Pictures (US)
Anglo-Amalgamated (UK)
Release date
  • April 24, 1957 (1957-04-24)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$65,000[1] or $100,000[2]

Fay Spain co-starred in the film, which was remade later that year as Motorcycle Gang.[5]


Louise Blake, a teenager, is crazy about hot-rod cars. When a couple of guys hide from the cops after an illegal street race, Louise meets them and brings them home to meet her parents. Fred Armstrong comes from a well-to-do family, impressing Louise's mother, whereas Jim Donaldson is poor but a resourceful mechanic, impressing Louise's dad.

Encouraged to speed by Louise, the car Jim's driving nearly hits a mother and child. Fred provokes a fight, then challenges Jim to a "chicken" drag race, with Fred's friend Rick Camden helping him and ending up with a broken leg. Fred and Rick then get into a hit-and-run accident, killing another motorist.

Things come to a head at a 100-lap race on an oval. Louise ends up behind the wheel of a car, with Fred trying to run her off the road because he's aware she intends to turn over evidence from the hit-and-run. She manages to save herself as Fred is taken away by the police.



Steve Terrell had been in Runaway Daughters for Golden State (AIP's production company), who signed him to a 15 film contract, at three films a year for five years with the option for a fourth year. The script was by Lou Rusoff who was head of story for AIP.[6]

Ashley had not meant to audition for the film. He accompanied his girlfriend to her audition and they asked if he wanted to try out as well; he was successful, although she was not. Ashley subsequently signed to a long-term contract with AIP. The film was shot in six days.[1]

Filming started on 14 January 1957.[6]


The Monthly Film Bulletin called it "a depressing and irresponsible film... glorifying the defiance of law and order, lax morals and the discardance of civilised behaviour."[7]

The Los Angeles Times reported the "youngsters" in the film "are very poor representatives of today's youth."[8]

See also


  1. Kelley, B. (1985, Mar 17). ASHLEY FINALLY MAKES THE TEAM. Sun Sentinel Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/389734195
  2. Lamont, John (1990). "The John Ashley Filmography". Trash Compactor (Volume 2 No. 5 ed.). p. 26.
  3. Two Films Aimed at Teen-agers G M W. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 25 Apr 1957: C9
  4. Scheuer, P. K. (1958, Sep 21). Shocker pioneers tell how to make monsters. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/167287343
  5. Mark McGee, Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures, McFarland, 1996, p134
  6. Anita Ekberg Pursued for 'Screaming Mimi;' 'Galveston' Near Ready Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]21 Dec 1956: B7.
  7. DRAGSTRIP GIRL. (1957, Monthly Film Bulletin, 24, 101. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/1305823133
  8. G, M. W. (1957, Apr 25). Two films aimed at teen-agers. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/167119035
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