It's about time Roger Corman released a 3-movie collection of his car chase movies. This one is a tribute to Claudia Jennings who was in The Great Texas Dynamite Chase (1976). You can read what Roger Corman has to say behind the "Sharktopus" coupon inside.
With the success of the Smokey and the Bandit: Pursuit Pack: The Franchise Collection (1977, 1980, 1983) and Dukes of Hazzard tv series (1979-85), why not try to cash in and make some low-budget car chase movies?
Follow That Car (a.k.a. The Georgia Peaches) (1980) 87 mins.
Cast: Dirk Benedict, Tanya Tucker, Terri Nunn, Lane Smith, Sally Kirkland, Dennis Patrick, David Hayward, Burton Gilliam, Noble Willingham.
Dusty Tyree (Dirk Benedict) is smuggling moonshine across Georgia, however the motorcycle cops are on his tail. With his silver car made with hidden James Bond-like gadgets, he releases the moonshine on the road and sets it on fire. He made it safe to the garage.
Now he has a powerful woman, Vivian Stark (Sally Kirkland) after him.
Randolph Dukane (Lane Smith) wants Dusty to help in the capture of Vivian for her own smuggling of illegal tobacco butts. If Dusty, Sue Lynn (Terri Nunn) and Lorette (Tanya Tucker) go undercover, he will help them stay out of jail for the moonshine.
Made for television for a proposed tv series.
Filmed in Charleston, Johns Island, Waterboro, South Carolina.
Dirk Benedict made this movie after Battlestar Galactica (1978-79) and Galactica 1980 tv series', but before the A-Team tv series (1983-87).
Smokey Bites the Dust (1981) 87 min. Rated "PG".
Cast: Jimmy McNichol, Janet Julian, John Blyth Barrymore, Kari Lizer, Walter Barnes, Dick Miller, Kedric Wolfe, William Forsythe, Nancy Parsons, Rance Howard, Patrick Campbell, Angelo Rossitto, Tony Cox, Charles Howerton, Linda Gary, Mel Welles, Don Corey, Dan Sturkie.
Filmed in Lancaster and at San Fernando Road and other undisclosed locations in California.
Story by Brian Williams. This movie has nothing to do with the "Smokey and the Bandit" film series.
This movie really had some dangerous car crashes.
I was an extra in this movie for 2 days, so I'm going to tell you the juiciest details (tongue in cheek).
That spoiled brat, Jimmy McNichol. They treated him like the star of this movie. They even gave him a tuxedo to wear. You should have seen the trailer they gave him. Did he know his lines? Well, if you look real close, he wasn't looking at Janet Julian's face, but her ear. They tucked a piece a paper behind Janet's ear so Jimmy could read his lines. After finishing his scenes, he took off his shirt and sat upon this wooden ladder showing off his arms and chest to the girls. I think he was trying to get in 16 Magazine or Tiger Beat.
What Jimmy was really doing was upstaging Dick Miller. You don't upstage Dick Miller and get away with it. He knows how to use props. Dick Miller was already an established actor, but I didn't know who he was. He has done many Roger Corman movie's, such as, The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) and The Terror (1963).
When I saw him later in Gremlins (Special Edition) (1984), I knew this man was going to make it big.
Seriously, Dick Miller was professional on the set and was in good spirits. He was hungry and couldn't wait to finish his scenes and leave town. That rascal! Dick Miller has been in movies since 1955. Over 50 years.
The lady wearing a moo-moo and holding the balloon is Nancy Parsons. She would later be known for her role as "Miss Balbricker" in Porky's (1982), Porky's II: The Next Day (1983), Porky's Revenge (1985) Porky's the Ultimate Collection.
I remember John Barrymore. Tall. Funny. He had put on a top hat and I thought it made him look presidential.
Walter Barnes was scary as the Sheriff, but not as scary as Dick Miller. Don't get Walter Barnes mixed up with Strother Martin. You will never hear the end of it.
Kedric Wolfe played "Deputy Bentley" who I thought was a nice man. He was able to get more movie roles even though he had mud, chili sauce and oyster crackers all over his face. What a trooper.
The director, Charles B. Griffith, was a real pain in the arse. He wore hillbilly cover-alls and sat in a chair. They were trying to do this one scene with the older ladies. They were losing the sunlight and he wanted one old lady to move her hand in a certain way.
Actually, Mr. Griffith was a nice and kind man. I appreciate him for letting me be in his movie for 2 days. Seeing him in those cover-alls, made me homesick and I wished I was in Kentucky.
I don't recall seeing Roger Corman there. Forgive me for being young and stupid then. I do see Roger Corman's name on just about every other movie on television and Internet download these days. Thank goodness for TCM.
You might remember Patrick Campbell as the man in those "Yellow Pages" tv commercials.
I thought Jimmy McNichol was quite good in Blinded by the Light (1980-tvm). It's just if he ever plans a comeback, please don't sing "do-lang" again.
The Great Texas Dynamite Chase (1976) a.k.a. Dynamite Women 89 mins. Rated "R".
Cast: Claudia Jennings, Tara Strohmeier, Jocelyn Jones, Tom Rosqui, Bart Braverman, Christopher Pennock, Priscilla Pointer, Johnny Crawford.
Candy (Claudia Jennings) just got out of jail. The first thing she does is rob the Alpine Bank. Ellie Jo (Jocelyn Jones) is a bank teller, already in hot water with the boss for being late to work. She is the one who gives Candy the money in a bag. Candy promptly takes off with lighted dynamite. She goes to her father's place and gives him the money to save his home. She says her good-byes and hits the road. Ellie Jo leaves the bank and decides to hit the road too. well, as you might predict, Candy and Ellie Jo meet up on the road and decide to rob more banks together.
Contains full frontal male nudity and female nudity.
Filmed in Moorpark, California.
As Roger Corman mentioned, Claudia Jennings died October 3, 1979 at the age of 29. Car accident.
Jock Livingston died May 29, 1980. Age: 47.
With a flood of copy-cat car chase movies being made, Burt Reynolds and Director Hal Needham came back with The Cannonball Run (1981) and Cannonball Run II (1984). But you won't see them on this set.