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DANA ANDREWS CRASHES CHRISTMAS FOR 'HOT RODS TO HELL'

Michael Caine in GET CARTER Year: 1971 Rating: ***1/2

"The horns blowing, the lights, the brakes," says a jaded Dana Andrews to wife Jeanne Crain. "Jingle bells (on the radio), the whole thing!" 

As HOT RODS TO HELL only begins as a Christmas movie after East Coast traveling-salesman Dana Andrews suffers a major car accident on December 24th, and, after months of traction, winds up with a motel in Arizona... But only IF he and his family can survive the red convertible (titular) menace with only 80 miles left to their new destination...

The cocky speed demon behind the wheel is Paul Bertoya with jerky sidekick Gene Kirkwood riding shotgun while instigating blonde Mimsy Farmer holds the roll-bar in-between... 

And while her fickle driver/beau seduces Dana's daughter Laurie Mock... first at a rest stop and then at the motel's connected live-band nightclub (a better climax than the overlong midnight "chicken" match later on)... Pink Floyd's MORE starlet Farmer flirts with the middle-age swinger who sold the motel being tired of those bratty delinquents... who are now dead set against the "square" new owners (with peppy son Jeffrey Byron) in what's mostly a stalking car chase along the sunlit desert road... that actually can be intense until the heated havoc shows up on Jeanne Crain's hilariously overacting expressions. Meanwhile, one-time A-list Andrews spouts vapid, halting-speech dialogue like "What kind of animals are those?" for which he gets no reply, only a load of HELL that's pure heaven for b-movie fans who thought they'd seen everything!

Dana Andrews in HOT RODS TO HELL
The Hot Rod in HOT RODS TO HELL
Dana Andrews in HOT RODS TO HELL with Jeanne Crain
Jeanne Crain, Jeffrey Bryon in HOT RODS TO HELL with Laurie Mock
Dana Andrews, Laurie Mock, Jeffrey Byron, Jeanne Crain in HOT RODS TO HELL
Dana Andrews in HOT RODS TO HELL with Laurie Mock
The Hot Rod in HOT RODS TO HELL
Dana Andrews in HOT RODS TO HELL
The Hot Rod in HOT RODS TO HELL
The Hot Rod in HOT RODS TO HELL
Title card for HOT RODS TO HELL
Laurie Mock eyes HOT RODS TO HELL with Jeffrey Byron
Mimsy Farmer and Gene Kirkwood in HOT RODS TO HELL w/ Paul Bertoya
Mimsy Farmer and Gene Kirkwood in HOT RODS TO HELL
Paul Bertoya and Laurie Mock in HOT RODS TO HELL
Dana Andrews in HOT RODS TO HELL with George Ives as Lank Daily
George Ives in HOT RODS FROM HELL with Mimsy Farmer
Liz Renay in HOT RODS TO HELL with George Ives as Lank Daily
Jeanne Crain in HOT RODS TO HELL with Laurie Mock
Dana Andrews in HOT RODS TO HELL with Jeanne Crain
Paul Bertoya with Gene Kirkland in HOT RODS TO HELL
The Hot Rods in HOT RODS TO HELL
The Hot Rods in HOT RODS TO HELL
Mimsy Farmer & Gene Kirkwood in HOT RODS TO HELL w/ Paul Bertoya
Mimsy Farmer & Gene Kirkwood in HOT RODS TO HELL w/ Paul Bertoya
Dana Andrews in HOT RODS TO HELL with Jeffrey Bryon, Jeanne Crain & Laurie Mock
Laurie Mock faces Jeanne Crain in HOT RODS TO HELL
The Hot Rod in HOT RODS TO HELL
Future Rocky producer Gene Kirkwood with Pink Floyd More starlet Mimsy Farmer
Mimsy Farmer faces Paul Bertoya in HOT RODS TO HELL
Laurie Mock shuns Paul Bertoya in HOT RODS TO HELL
Mimsy Farmer takes third wheel Gene Kirkwood in HOT RODS TO HELL
DANA Andrews and JEANNE CRAIN in Hot RODS to HELL

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