Jalopy

  • 1953
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

By 1953, the "Bowery Boys" series was beginning to drag. Its near-middle-aged stars, Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall, who had been with the series since DEAD END (1937), felt foolish playing the same juvenile delinquent characters. Gorcey and Hall pushed for a new producer, Ben Schwalb, and a new director, William Beaudine, who had the cast play adults--or rather...read more

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By 1953, the "Bowery Boys" series was beginning to drag. Its near-middle-aged stars, Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall, who had been with the series since DEAD END (1937), felt foolish playing the same juvenile delinquent characters. Gorcey and Hall pushed for a new producer, Ben Schwalb, and a new

director, William Beaudine, who had the cast play adults--or rather the befuddled parodies of adults to which the films' mainly youthful audience could relate. The new approach revitalized the series for five more years. In JALOPY, the boys are desperate for a way to bail a pal (Bernard Gorcey)

out of his financial troubles. Slip Mahoney (Leo Gorcey) decides to enter his junky car in a race to win some quick cash, and, when Sach Jones (Hall) discovers a superfuel that will transform any normal vehicle into an unbelievable speed machine, Slip's car is able to whip around the track in just

over 10 seconds. (In another deviation from the conventions of the series, Sach's potion apparently has the further power of causing beautiful young women to appear from nowhere.) A crooked gambler finds out about the fuel and tries to steal it, but the boys manage to keep it out of his

hands--although the day of the big race is not without its slapstick complications.

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