Hot Rod Gang

Hot Rod Gang is a 1958 film starring John Ashley. The working title was Hot Rod Rock[2] with the film also released under the title Fury Unleashed. American International Pictures released the film as a double feature with High School Hellcats.[3]

Hot Rod Gang
Directed byLew Landers
Produced byLou Rusoff
Charles Buddy Rogers
Lou Kimzey
Written byLou Rusoff
Based onstory by Rusoff
StarringJohn Ashley
Jody Fair
Music byRonald Stein
CinematographyFloyd Crosby
Indigo Productions
Distributed byAmerican International Pictures (US)
Anglo-Amalgamated (UK)
Release date
  • August 1958 (1958-08)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$100,000 est.[1]

The movie features an appearance by Gene Vincent.[4]


John Abernathy III needs to lead a blameless life to inherit his father's estate. But he also engages in hot rod car racing.



The film was known during production as Hot Rod Rock.[5]


  • "Hit and Run Lover", performed by John Ashley
  • "Annie Laurie", performed by John Ashley
  • "Dance in the Street", performed by Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps
  • "Baby Blue", performed by Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps
  • "Lovely Loretta", performed by Gene Vincent
  • "Dance to the Bop", performed by Gene Vincent
  • "Choo Choo Cha Poochie", performed by Maureen Arthur


The Los Angeles Times called it "a film of juvenile violence."[6]

The Monthly Film Bulletin said "the comedy misfires woefully, the performances are overstated to the point of caricature and the general level is decidedly moronic."[7]

See also


  1. Lamont, John (1990). "The John Ashley Filmography". Trash Compactor (Volume 2 No. 5 ed.). p. 26.
  3. Sanders, Don and Susan (1997). The American Drive-In Movie Theatre. Motorbooks International. p. 127. ISBN 0-7603-0425-4.
  4. "Gene Vincent's rock' Hot Rod Gang", The Astounding B Monster Archive accessed 14 December 2012
  5. Pat suzuki paged for broadway. (1958, Mar 27). Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  6. Warren, G. (1958, Aug 22). Teen-age problem 'solved'. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  7. FURY UNLEASHED. (1959, Monthly Film Bulletin, 26, 18. Retrieved from

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